She Saw a Distraught Dad at Airport, Spent $749 to Help

Texas businesswoman saved the day at Nebraska's Eppley Airfield
By Linda Hervieux,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 20, 2017 4:21 AM CDT
She Saw a Distraught Dad at Airport, Spent $749 to Help
Debbie Bolton is "kind and generous," her co-workers say.   (Facebook)

A Texas businesswoman has been unmasked as the Good Samaritan who saved a distraught father in a bind. The man was checking in for a flight earlier this month at Omaha's Eppley Airfield with his toddler when he hit a snag. CBS News reports the agent asked him the girl's age and when he replied "she just turned 2," the agent told him she could not fly without a ticket. (The cut-off is age 2, and he had bought his ticket a while back.) In a Facebook post by Love What Matters that went viral, fellow traveler Kevin Leslie described what happened next: "The man was confused because he was under the impression she could ride for free. ... He mentioned he couldn't afford to rebook this flight or get her the ticket with such short notice. He stepped aside and tried to make a few calls. Hugging his daughter ... you could tell he was heartbroken."

That's when a woman stepped up, asked him what was wrong, and told the agent she wanted to purchase the ticket. The agent questioned whether the woman realized just how expensive the ticket was. "Seven hundred something?" she replied, as she handed over a credit card and paid the $749 fare. The father hugged her, offering to pay her back. "Don't worry about it," she replied. The hero has been revealed as Debbie Bolton, co-founder and global sales chief at Norwex, a company that makes chemical-free home and personal care products, reports the Omaha World-Herald. Workers there praised their boss, with one calling Bolton "a humble person who really cares about people." The chief marketing officer says Bolton's act wasn't surprising. "She’s kind, caring, and generous." (This woman was hailed as "epitomizing the true Good Samaritan.")

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