An elderly candy vendor received a mini mountain bike from a bike shop owner as a gift.
The elder was hoping to buy the bike for 2000 pesos, but the bike shop owner returned his payment and got the bike in exchange for his smile instead. The bike owner found that the elderly would travel daily to find out if a bicycle was available since May 15, twice a day.
According to the bike shop’s staff, the elder daily asks if he could buy the bike for 2000 pesos. Then yesterday, the elder asked the bike owner herself and answered him not, at first.
Until this morning, the bike owner once again met the persistent elderly vendor to buy the bike. She changed her mind when she learned about the elder’s desire for the bicycle. So she gave it to the man as a gift instead.
Many netizens’ hearts were touched when they saw this post by CARBS Carandang Motor / Bicycle Parts and immediately went viral. The video has already viewed 3.6 million times with more than 109 thousand shares in just 8 hours, as of this writing. Below is the full caption of the touching Facebook post, in Filipino:
Paying it Forward
“Eto po si Tatay araw araw po sya dumadaan sa shop para magtanong kung meron ba bike na available mula pa May 15 hangang kahapon, 2 beses isang araw, isa sa umaga bago umalis at dadaan ulit sa hapon bago umuwi.”
“Last week po naging available ang mini MTB sa shop at araw araw nya din po tinatanong kung pwede po ba nya bilhin ung bike sa halagang 2,000, kahapon ako po mismo ang napagtanungan nya. tinanong nya ako kung pwede nya bilhin ng 2,000 ung bike at ang sabi ko po ay hindi po kaya, nalaman ko po na araw araw po ayun ang tinatanong nya sa aming staff.”
“ngayon umaga dumaan ulit sya para tanungin kung pwede po nya bilhin ung bike ng 2.000, ngayong araw na ito ndi po sya nabigo. nakuha nya po ung bike na gusto nya sa KAPALIT isang NGITI po lamang.”
“Si Tatay daw po ay araw araw naglalakad papuntang Makati galing Nichols para magbenta ng kendi.”
Bicycle has been an effective choice of transportation when the community quarantine is implemented in the country. Many front liners, health workers, and now employees who are now allowed to work after the general community quarantine rely on using bicycle, as most jeepneys are still not allowed today.