Today did not start well for me. I woke up late and rushed to get to the Thornhill Park and Ride to the Oxford Tube into London. Exiting the Tube, I whistled happily as I walked towards the Tube station … until I realised that I had just left my brand new copy of the Adobe Creative Suite on the bus. That was almost £1,300.00 of software that I forgot!
Oh, boy was I mad and instantly stressed.
Did I mention that I wasn’t pleased with myself?
Yet, after only a few telephone calls to the Oxford Tube and a cab ride to Victoria Station, where the Oxford Tube turns around before heading back to Oxford, I got my software back. The driver had been alerted to look for my bag and had dutifully recovered it for me.
Perhaps the most reassuring aspect of the whole adventure (aside from not having to spend another £1,300 on software) was that when I gave the driver £20.00 for his effort, he seemed genuinely surprised. He had taken the time to help me out as a service to me – and not because he had expected a reward. That really impressed me.
(Before you say anything, I only had 20 quid on me. I gave all the cash I had.)