Saturday, November 8, 2008

Hero of Newark International Airport Honored!

Okay, not really. But it turns out that soon after I wrote the last post, I shutdown my laptop, packed it away and went meandering through the terminal. Not maybe fifteen minutes had gone by when out of the corner of my eye I saw a man sitting in a bench drop his wallet. It sort of cartwheeled under his seat.

What a strange coincidence! He didn't even seem to notice either... I was right there behind him so I just reached over and tapped him gently on his shoulder. He turned slightly and glared at me, I pointed downward under his chair. He leaned over, saw the wallet, picked it up, and placed it in his pocket. He totally ignored my existence!

Now, to be fair, I did have the earbud speakers from my new Ipod in my ears, but in that circumstance it would seem fair to give a nod, shake a hand, or somehow recognize that a perfect stranger didn't kick the wallet to the side, bend down in a fake shoe-tying session, and then retrieve the wallet for their own.

It got me thinking as I walked away, continuing my meanderings. The way the wallet dropped seemed almost intentional. There's no way I could be certain though. And let's admit, this is an international airport in New Jersey, practically a subburb of New York. I really don't think it's all that far fetched that this second guy could have been a pickpocket. People are heading to many various locations from this one terminal. They either just spent hours on a plane and are making their way out of the terminal, or they just went through security and took everything out of their pockets to avoid setting off the metal detector.

I suppose a thief dumping a wallet after draining the cash would be a bit irritated if someone saw him do it. Especially if that person was a young looking punk like myself. I mean, I'm twenty-eight, not exactly a spring chicken, yet I constantly get mistaken for being a high school student.

So, I guess the moral of the story is, watch your wallet in the 40-47 section of Terminal B at the Newark International Airport. Even if the guy really did just absentmindedly drop his wallet and had some other excuse for being an ass, better safe than sorry.
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