It was a more embarrassing Thursday than most for one Redditor who was tasked with picking up her grandma from the airport. Her grandma, who lives in Japan, "has always been afraid of flying, so she hasn’t traveled abroad in 10+ years," says user everygoodstuff, who has lived abroad since she was very young. That means that she hadn't seen her grandma in a long time.
Equipped with just her grandma's cell phone number and picture of her, everygoodstuff was nervous about her ability to identify her grandma, especially considering her grandma doesn't speak English, and everygoodstuff barely knows any Japanese.
Everygoodstuff describes her mounting nerves over the situation: "People arrive, and I keep waiting for an old Asian lady with snow white hair to come out. I try calling her phone number, but it seems like she ran out of battery or intentionally turned it off. After all, she’s not tech savvy and barely manages to dial our phone number because she’s very old—80’s approaching 90."
Finally, her grandma appears and looks exactly like the photo. Everygoodstuff picks her up with a hello in Japanese, but the two barely talk because of the language barrier. Hours later, once everygoodstuff has fed her grandma and offered her the bedroom of her little brother to relax in, her mom calls asking her why she hasn't gone to pick up her grandma. "I ask her 'wtf are you talking about because she’s here with me,'" says the Redditor, "and I snap a photo and send it to mom. Then she tells me that the lady isn’t our nana." Oops!
After the initial shock set in, everygoodstuff righted the wrong:
Anyways, I went back to the airport to pick up my real grandma, and she gave me a hug. I came back and talked to my fake grandma by having my mom translate our conversation via phone call. She was just an old lady from Japan whose family signed her up for a spa getaway retreat after her husband passed away, and thought I was from the agency to pick her up. I asked which resort she booked, saw her itinerary papers, and drove her to the place she signed up for. Before she left, my real grandma, fake grandma, and I had a mini supper, and I apologized for causing major confusion.
Sounds like just about the cutest possible ending to the story, solidifying the truth that all grandmas are Kind and Good. But it gets even better. After dropping off the woman who wasn't everygoodstuff's grandma at her actual spa destination, the non-grandma tipped her! That's right, she paid her money for accidentally kidnapping her. You can see a picture of the crisp fifty here. I hope the lucrative mistake won't leave the sweet-seeming everygoodstuff down a path of intentional kidnapping. Fifty bucks ain't bad.
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