Thursday, September 15, 2011

Mighty Good Man


I took this with my cellphone but I just wanted to introduce the very nice policeman that works at one of our local police stations.

My friend from grade school was visiting last month and noticed on the day his flight leaves that his passport was gone! It was one of those moments when you really don't know what else to do but panic. Actually I don't even remember if my head got around to panic. It went blank...then zipped forward in full speed to try to figure out what we should do. But anyways, one thing led to another and we ended up in this little police station that consisted of a work desk, a couple of chairs, and this policeman.

We hit the jackpot. Actually we had to go to a different central police station to fill out the necessary forms...but this policeman was so helpful in every way. He called around to figure out exactly what we needed, gave us important phone numbers to remember and the information regarding what we should do. On top of that, he called us the next day because he was worried and wanted to see if we were able to get everything done. Isn't that the sweetest thing?

I've always admired public servants but I especially have a soft spot for this very nice policeman.

19 comments:

  1. What a sweetheart! He sounds like a very dedicated public servant.

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  2. Not very common here, but still possible now and then... A salute to this dedicated and kind policeman!

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  3. Great portrait of a nice man :)

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  4. The caring kind seem farther apart and fewer in between, so when you hit a kind policeman, banker or bureaucrat, it's a real treat. I trust your friend was able to go home...

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  5. wonderful ! a role model indeed. please have you all a good friday.

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  6. Talk about a servant of the public! A bow and salute to him.

    I always had courteous and most helpful assistance those few times I visited a koban.

    In fact the level of service in Japan, in general, is something I miss greatly. People in all walks of life perform their jobs with a level of conscientious competence that surely must be unmatched anywhere else in the world.

    Here in the U.S. it disturbs me to no end how hostile Americans are to other Americans.

    By the way, you said your 幼なじみ had a flight scheduled the same day. Could he reschedule it OK? Because you mentioned the kind policeman called you (plural) the next day.

    I once thought I lost a passport soon before a flight (so I have an idea of the process); but a couple years later... but that’s not a story for here.

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  7. Police officers and firefighters are our heros and our friends! Luckily, I'm friend with both the police chief and fire chief in Eagan since they are both in the Eagan Rotary Club with me!

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  8. Very nice, what good service. I remember the small police booths in Kyoto...

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  9. Wow. I don't think police officers here would go that far out of their way to help someone. It's great that there are good people out there still passionate about their jobs. :)

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  10. なんて素晴らしい警官さんなの~っ(o>ω<o)!
    人によっては結構、対応にばらつきがあったり、愛想がなかったりするものなのにね。こんなにも親切な人がいるのだと、心温まりました♪
    こうやって人の優しさに触れると、自分もおだやかな心になれるよね!尊敬!

    私も彼のようなハートと真心の持ち主になるよう、感情やつまらないことにふりまわされないよう心がけますっ!

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  11. Lovely story Kaori, I think in general policemen are really good guys and sounds like this one was extra special.

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  12. Oog, that's great. I really really love people who go out of their way to help someone like that. It inspires me to try to do the same!

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  13. So police stations are where Japanese are supposed to go when they lose their passports?

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  14. @Cafe Pasadena: Kaori would be able to answer your question much better, but when I thought I lost my passport in Tokyo my embassy required a police report confirming the loss before my embassy would issue another passport. I don’t have any idea what Japanese passport issuers require. But in such an emergency a local police box (see "koban" above) is always a good place to go.

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  15. Nice tribute to this 'working man'.

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  16. What a great story! I love reading stories about people who go the extra mile. What a blessing for y'all to have found him!

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  17. How refreshing to read about someone going out of their way to be helpful!

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