Meet Kelvin, the guy who puts the “can’t” into American.
A young American was bailed out from his own stupidity earlier this month when airport police pooled together 700RMB for a plane ticket and a mooncake to send him on his way out of Wuhan Tianhe International Airport to the US Embassy in Beijing.
A day before Mid-Autumn Festival, a young American man was reported wandering around the international hall in Tianhe Airport, looking as if he’d come across some hard times. Carrying a laughably small backpack, a bedroll, a pink sleeping bag, $2 in cash, and an iPad (we couldn’t make this up), the man was approached by airport police who asked him (in English) what was up and if he needed help. Thus begins the story of Kelvin.
Kelvin had dreams of making it in China. A young man from California, Kelvin was interested in China and Chinese language. What better way to appreciate both, thought Kelvin, than flying there almost completely unprepared and unfunded? First thing after arriving in Shanghai, Kelvin bought a map and put his finger down in the exact middle of China to decide where he’d live out his dream — that place ended up being Wuhan. What were Kelvin’s meticulous plans after arriving in Wuhan? To work in a coffee shop or teach English, of course.
Somehow, along the way, seemingly defying all odds, Kelvin failed miserably. Out of cash and with no usable credit card, Kelvin did the only thing left to do — go to the airport, look foreign and sad, and hopefully get noticed.
When he was approached by airport police, he relayed his tale of woe and was taken to a lounge to contact the US Embassy. When the embassy told Kelvin to come to Beijing, those puppy-dog eyes turned upon the normally stone-hearted men and women of the Wuhan airport police and informed them of his lack of funds. Needless to say, their legs turned to jelly, their hearts turned to mush, and the money was flowing faster than tears at a crippled kitten show.
Soon enough, Kelvin was Beijing bound, plane ticket and mooncake in hand and thanks given to all. The sugar coating on this sickeningly sweet cake? It was the first mooncake he had ever tasted. Swoon.