This is about a Chickasha, Oklahoma farmer, Kevin Whitney, who lost his smart phone on October 2013 only to find its way back to his pocket nine months after, on July 2014.
The way it got lost simply dashed all hopes that Whitney would ever see his phone again.
Whitney said good-bye to his phone when it fell out of his pocket into a bin full of 280,000 pounds (140 MT) of grain, which content was later driven by truck to another grain facility in Inola, Oklahoma. Then it traveled along the Arkansas River. From there, it sailed down the Mississippi River by barge to Convent, Louisiana, where a ship took it through the Panama Canal and across the Pacific Ocean until it found its way going to Kashima, Japan.
While in Kashima, the shipment was mixed in with 2 million bushels of grain sorghum, which doomed the phone forever more. Right?
It was in Kashima, Ibaraki Prefecture, while they were working on the grains, that a mill worker found the phone.
Then, surprisingly, according to Whitney, he received a call.
“He said, ‘Is this Kevin Whitney?’ I said, ‘Yeah, this is Kevin.’ He said, ‘Did you lose your cell phone?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I lost my cell phone last fall,’” Whitney narrated.
The phone was mailed back to Louisiana, and from there it was sent to Whitney in Chickasha.
“It’s crazy, I can’t believe it. What really shocked me about it all was when I first got the phone call was what a small world it is. There are a lot of meaningful pictures on it, so we were real glad to get the phone back,” Whitney said.
Lucky for Whitney the grain shipment destination was Japan, where honesty is prevalent among its people.
Elsewhere, it would have been a goner.