February 22, 2010

I Like (nice) Men With Shiny Shoes. ~ Claire Flannery

In the past few months in my travels I have had to deal with missed flights, standby’s, extremely overpriced tickets and snotty airline employees. I’ve spent 12 hours at an airport, hoping I could get on the next flight and get to my destination. Yes I’ve met people on planes during these stressful experiences but never a person that showed such compassion and kindness as mr. Dean Germeyer (whose shoes were especially shiny). Elsie Clark, with a bad hip and a missed flight was given the treatment when she expressed to him her traveling nightmares.

“Clark said she and Germeyer shared stories on the airplane, which landed late, meaning Clark missed her connecting flight and would be stranded in O’Hare International Airport overnight…..Living on a fixed income, she said she couldn’t afford a hotel room and would have to spend the night sitting on an airport bench with nothing but her purse. But that’s when Germeyer stepped in and saved the day, she said. The young businessman whisked her away to dinner with his wife at their apartment overlooking downtown Chicago. Afterward, Clark said Germeyer took her sightseeing in the Windy City in his car. At the end of their tour, Germeyer drove Clark to the Affinia Hotel where he had footed the bill for her to stay the night in a posh suite. In the morning, a limousine arrived to ferry her to the airport and an uneventful flight home.”

Stories like this remind me that there are innately good people in the world, even in the most unexpected places.

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