Monday, October 11, 2010

A Minute for Goodwill

While on my way home from work this afternoon, I decided to pass by the ATM counters inside the Eunos MRT station to get me some money. There were two long lines of people trying to do the same, and being it the rush hour we were all naturally just dead tired from work and agitating to go home and hit the bed. But an Indian guy was noticeably more agitated than everyone else, sweating profusely when in fact the airconditioning inside the counters was on full blast.

The man was standing in line right beside me, queueing nervously along the crowded counter next to mine. When it was his turn at the counter, he turned to me and said, "brother, could you kindly help me get some money, I do not know how to do it."

It dawned on me that the guy doesn't know how to read. He knows how to push his digits against the keys but he knows nothing about what's written flashing towards him on the screen. He said he only needed $20. I thought, well, what robber would get only 20 from a stolen ATM, when the least amount on the option says $50. He can very well just push that if he was only trying his luck! So I helped him through it, but let him key in his PIN, which I guess he just memorized by repeatedly doing (as opposed to actually reading and getting familiar with the figures themselves). The poor guy's PIN was 123456.

He turned around and said thank you after getting his cash, finally relieved of his ordeal.

I ended my long day tired but smiling, knowing there is some stranger out there thankful for a gesture that took me less than a minute to do.


  • mots says:
    October 11, 2010 at 4:59 AM

    yes :) may plus points ka raw kay bro

  • anteros' dominion says:
    October 11, 2010 at 5:21 AM

    this made me smile..keep it up good boy. :)

  • says:
    July 10, 2011 at 7:41 PM


    at napadaan dito dahil nakita kong nasa sg ka. lol

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