Eight months after an unfortunate taxi ride, Japanese customer service stuns a foreign soccer player

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The Danish soccer player has gained fans in Japan and has also become a big Japan fan.

Danish footballer Kasper Junker spent the early years of his career playing for teams in Denmark and Norway. However, he has been playing for them since spring 2021 Red Urawa Diamondsa J1 League team from Saitama Prefecture, Japan.

Junker had a solid first season, scoring 16 goals not too far behind the leaders’ 23 goals. However, his first year in Japan was not always smooth. In September 2021, five months after arriving in the country, Junker accidentally left his AirPods in a taxi. Seemingly assuming they were gone for good, Junker appears to have put the annoying accident behind him until last Friday, when he took another cab ride and something unbelievable happened.

“Eight months ago I lost my AirPods in a cab,” Kasper tweeted. “Today I happened to get into the same taxi. The driver kept them for me the whole time and gave them back to me. I love Japan.”

Japan has a well-deserved reputation for excellent customer service, but this is a particularly amazing example. First, while some commenters wondered why the driver didn’t turn the AirPods over to the police, the fact that he returned them to Kasper at the first opportunity shows that he wasn’t trying to keep them to himself. It also suggests that Kasper had assumed that trying to recover her was a lost cause and hadn’t contacted the taxi company to ask if anyone had found her, so it’s unlikely he did also contacted the police. Additionally, other commenters pointed out that in such cases police will only keep found property for about six months, after which it will be given to the person who found it to do with as they please, so it’s possible the driver did Turn in the AirPods to the police and then became their janitor after no one else came forward to claim them.

But that’s not the most impressive thing. The Urawa Red Diamonds are a large professional sports organization, and it wouldn’t have been difficult to drive to the stadium and say to a customer service representative, “Hey, I’m here to return Kasper Junkers AirPods” wouldn’t have been difficult.

So let’s put these parts together:
● The driver didn’t want to keep the AirPods for himself.
● He wanted to give her back to her owner.
● He did not take them to the stadium or to the team’s offices.

The only explanation is that while the driver remembered and recognized Junker, he was unaware that it was Kasper Junker, a professional soccer player for the Urawa Red Diamonds. He didn’t resist pocketing or selling the AirPods, expecting free tickets from the team or a signed swag from Junker as a reward. To the driver, Junker was just someone who had unluckily left something in his cab, and his actions show that it’s safe to assume he would have done the same for anyone who was in his cab.

Source: Twitter/@KasperJunker
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