is1eHXnAccording to Alexa, Reddit is the 44th most trafficked website in the world. It often only gets mainstream media coverage when “bad” things like “the fappening” take place, but there is a ton of good stuff that takes place on reddit, between users, everyday that never gets mentioned.

Sometime on Saturday Reddit user LASunFun put up a post in r/LosAngeles saying that his Father was missing and asking fellow Redditor/Angelinos to help locate him.

My apologies if this goes against any admin rules, but I know Reddit does wonderful things.

My father, Jin S. Kang was last seen leaving my sister’s apartment (his temporary residence) near the 400 block of Occidental, between 3rd St. and 6th St in Koreatown, LA on Friday, September 5th at around 11 am.

Most recent photograph: http://imgur.com/is1eHXn,SzVmpSX#1%5B1%5D During better times: http://imgur.com/is1eHXn,SzVmpSX#0%5B2%5D

Height: 5’9″ Weight: 142 lbs Age: 70 Distinctive features: “H” tattoo on his left right finger, “G-J” tattoo on his right shoulder

Missing persons report has been filed: Rampart LAPD: 213.484.3403 Case number: 140217024

Reward will be offered for any information that will help the police and my family track him down.

It’s been over 35 hours since he left home. He didn’t take his wallet, cell phone, or the house keys so we have no way of tracking him. He just moved to LA a few months ago for hospital treatment.

Thank you

That was it. A simple post to a Los Angeles based subreddit about his missing Father. Less than 24 hours later Reddit user 2days posted this comment:

Hey man I found your grandfather on Fairfax I’m standing right next to him right now the cops are on their way you can PM me the details and I’ll send you my phone number if you want to talk on the phone thanks

Not long after that he updated it with this:

EDIT: The Grandpa/Father is safe I called the cops and he is safe. Talked to the family they are good to go.

2Days posted a few more updates and then answered the question that seemed to be on most everyone’s mind. Just how in the hell did he find a random man in the middle of Los Angeles. 2Days’ fifth update was this:

EDIT 5: Ok since a lot of people keep asking me about how it happened here goes, I had read the story just like a lot of people this morning. I was running around doing Sunday errands and left my last stop when I noticed an old man sitting on a stoop. Bells in my head rang and said check it since he seemed lost. I reversed my car since nobody was behind and pulled into a spot. I asked him which way KoreaTown was and he gave me a confused answer. I parked the car and stepped out, I started to ask him questions but i couldn’t receive a solid answer since his english was broken and I couldn’t tell if he was confused. I pulled up the post and noticed that in the description of the man they said he had an H tattoo on his left hand. I noticed the tattoo and made the call to the cops as well as make a post and PM /u/LASunFun[2] . Everything worked out and the family came and got him 😀 I just saw something and said something I wasn’t 100% sure he was who he was until I saw the tattoo.

Be right right back, going to get an “H” tattooed on my “left right finger” so I can be easily tracked down when I start wandering around NYC in my old age.

Posted by James Poling

A socialist, tinkerer, thinker, question asker and all around curiosity seeker. If you'd like to reach me you can use the contact link above or email me at jamespoling [at] gmail [dot] com.

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  1. Any social medium can be used for good or ill. This is a very heartwarming story, and shows how social media are vital, in the days of long lives and dementia.

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    1. Absolutely. It just blew my mind that in a city the size of Los Angeles that it happened so quickly. Lucky for that guy he had that “H” tattooed on his hand to make it easier to identify him, especially with the language barrier.

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