Friday, March 18, 2005

"But Did He Ever Return...

No, he never returned.
And his fate is still unlearned.
He may ride forever 'neath the streets of Boston.
He's the man who never returned."

The old Kingston Trio song played out in real life recently. This story is so strange that we wonder if it could be a hoax. At any rate, we are not making it up. We found it in Marianne, a French news weekly magazine, but there are numerous hits for it on Google, too.

A Dutch tourist, Sheridan Gregorio, was stuck in the airport in Fortaleza, Brazil, for five months. His vacation was ending, and he had spent all of his money. No problem, though, he still had his return ticket.

But there was a problem: the airport departure tax was due before he could board his flight, and he had no way to pay it. One thing led to another, and he missed his flight. His ticket was non-refundable.

There he stayed for five months, like Tom Hanks in Terminal, picking up odd jobs here and there to earn a little money. When he finally saved up enough to pay the tax, he persuaded the airline to revalidate his ticket.

Something tells us he'll have a little extra cash or a credit card on his next trip.

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