A few years ago I received an email from a friend sharing the story of how he’d been robbed at gunpoint while traveling through China and stripped of everything, including his wallet. “Been there,” I thought. His email went on to explain that he was emailing me hoping I could transfer money to a hotel he was currently standing in, waiting for his friends and family in the States to wake up. He needed $350 USD for a place to stay until the U.S. Embassy opened.
I responded asking if he was OK. He replied immediately, grateful and apologetic and explained that no one else in his family was awake so early and he just needed me to transfer money to the hotel so we get finally get some rest. To verify his story, I went onto Facebook to see pictures of his trip. Instead of the Great Wall, I saw him with his son skiing in Colorado. The day before.