You can be forgiven if you think the world sucks, it’s dog-eat-dog out there, people are selfish a-holes, it’s look out for #1 all the time. Any glance at the local news is strong reinforcement for that.
But once in a while, someone does something totally without hope of personal gain.
That’s just happened here and I’d like to share it.
There’s an event being held at the local planetarium, a live-and-recorded retelling of Jeff Wayne’s musical version of the Orson Wells classic War of the Worlds. I bought the album sometime in the 1980’s. Loved it. Still do.
Well, I very much wanted to go on opening night but the event is all sold out.
On my way out to do some laundry, I stopped by the concierge desk and asked if they knew of ticket resellers (scalpers) where I may be able to buy a ticket.
The young fellow at the desk was at a bit of a loss but he said he’d ask around.
I trudged off to do laundry.
When I got back about an hour later, the 3 guys at the desk beamed at me. “We got you a ticket, we got you a ticket!”
“But it was all sold out…”
“There were actually two tickets left even though the ticket site says it’s sold out! And they’re not resold tickets, they’re face-value. No extra charge.”
Now it was my turn to beam! “Thank you, thank you, a thousand thank you’s!”
I gave the concierge boss a healthy tip, he said he’d share it with the staff.
He wasn’t expecting a tip. Tipping culture isn’t part of the New Zealand way of doing things.
It was perfectly simple. All I had to do was ask.