Today, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that unsolicited kindness still exists in the midst of our Central Business District – where the mantra is “eat or be eaten”.
I was having a late lunch at Market Street Interim Hawker Centre, and decided to have a quick bite at Q Hor Fun, which was manned by three young entrepreneurs.
The stall provides chopsticks and disposable plastic spoons for customers to use.
But due to a medical condition, Syringomyelia, which destroys the spinal cord, I have lost much control over my body, especially my right hand. I am unable to eat with chopsticks, and have to use a fork with my left hand when eating noodles.
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Although they did not have forks and spoons, the young lady who had prepared my chicken chop hor fun went the extra mile to borrow a fork from another stall.
Additionally, they gave me, a physically-handicapped, 60-year-old uncle a 33 per cent discount on my meal.
I was very surprised and grateful for their kind gestures.
As a retired airline station manager with years of experience in the service industry, their unexpected generosity touched me greatly.
The young lady even bade me a “Good bye, uncle” as she passed my table on her way home.
Plus, the hor fun itself was very palatable. Kudos to these three young entrepreneurs.
We should all strive to do kind things for people, not because of who they are or what they can do in return, but because we can.
Koh Keng Heng, Harold
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