A Quincy psychic came to the rescue when Northeastern University student Josh Minney was stranded in England without enough money to get back to Boston
Despite warnings from family members, Quincy psychic Darlene Anderson had a good feeling about an odd offer she saw on eBay.
Josh Minney, a Northeastern University student, was offering a week of of work in return for enough money for a plane ticket. Finding himself flat out in England without a ticket back to Boston, the 20-year-old came up with the online auction plan.
And Anderson took it.
“My daughters and parents were like 'What are you doing? What if he is a serial killer or some psycho?’” she said.
But it turns out the young man who’s been working at her business, Regina Russell’s Tea Room in Quincy, this week is a good guy and worth her winning bid of $935, she said.
“He’s a great kid,” Anderson said. “I felt good about (helping him).”
Minney is greeting customers at the tea room where psychic readings are given and washing dishes. He is even considering giving fortune telling a whirl.
“He’s got a lot of insight,” Anderson, 54, said of Minney. “We just need to get him over his fear (of reading).”
Minney was ending a two-month journey through Asia and Europe when his traveling companion came up with a way for him to get back to Boston.
“We were sitting on the balcony in Italy and realized I had no money or ticket home,” said Minney, a third-year student from Orange County, Calif. “I was not sure if it would work but I figured why not try.”
Minney told everyone he knew about the online auction. His offer was to work anywhere in the continental United States for a week in exchange for a ticket home.
“I had no idea what would happen,” he said. The bidding started at a measly 99 cents. When the bidding reached $400, Minney thought it could work.
And he was happy with the winning bidder. Other bids came from farms and construction companies.
“I was really lucky,” Minney said. “I came with absolutely nothing and I got room and board and now I know my future.”
When Minney arrived at Logan Airport a few days ago, he was greeted by friends from school, Anderson and several television crews.
“I was totally overwhelmed,” he said.
Anderson said that while she was glad to help Minney, she doesn’t foresee doing something similar anytime soon.
“I think I’ll hold back for a while. You can only do one of these every few years,” she said. “But, if someone really needs help and there’s something I can do, I will.”
That future may include more travel as Minney has entered a contest for unusual travel stories with a grand prize trip to Tahiti.
He is also writing a book on the experience and has a blog: www.makeithomealive.blogspot.com.
Brian Benson of The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, Mass.) may be reached at email@example.com.