Netizens laud woman for surprising loyal costumer with trolley, grocery items

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A business owner from Zamboanga surprised a loyal customer with a brand-new trolley and grocery items!

“Si tatay po ay customer po namin since 2017 pa po like, napansin ko lang siya kasi kahit tirik tirik ‘yung araw, pumupunta pa rin siya sa store para po magparefill. Then natry kong buhatin ‘yung kanyang kariton, mabigat po talaga like, ‘yung gamit niya, recycled materials lang po kasi ‘yun kaya mabigat talaga siya pero matibay kaya sabi ko, ‘Pano kaya kung bibigyan ko na lang si tatay?’” owner Cheery Ann Gomonit Salomes told the Philippine STAR during an interview.

Cheery said that when she took over their family business, she had a chance to interact with Tatay Paulino. Apparently, he delivers water in the nearby wet market.

“Sometimes ‘yung makakaya ng kariton niya, tig-tatatlo lang po kaya bumabalik siya samin dalawa or one day isang balikan lang,” she recalled.

She decided to help Tatay Paulino upon seeing his hard work to earn money.

“Sabi niya wala daw siyang kasama sa buhay. Tinatrato ko na siyang parang tatay ko rin ba o lolo dahil mabait siya po, sobrang bait niya po pag nakausap mo siya parang wala siyang problema. Parang happy lang siya parang ganon lang po like, ‘pag ininterview mo ‘yung about sa life niya, hindi mo aakalain na ‘hala ganun na pala ‘yung sitwasyon mo,’” she said.

To help Tatay Paulino, Cheery pledged to provide free water so that Tatay Paulino can keep all the money from his clients.

“Free na siya dun sa tubig, hindi na siya magbabayad. Malaki na ‘yung kita niya para sa kanyang mga pagkain like ano kasi, inuutang niya sa ‘min ‘yung tubig so kumbaga bumabayad lang siya one week, if ever mabayaran na rin siya sa kanyang customer,” she noted.

Netizens lauded Cheery for her small act of kindness. As of writing, the uploaded video on social media has already garnered more than 195,000 views on TikTok.

“Minsan ang lakas nating magreklamo sa buhay pero ‘yung iba dyan kahit sobrang hirap lumalaban ng patas, lumalaban hanggat kaya ❤️ mabuhay po kayo 🥰” a netizen said.

“Awwww, grabe iyaaak ko! Thank you po sainyong magagandang loob 😭❤️” another netizen said.

Cheery said that she was very happy to witness Tatay Paulino’s reaction to her little surprise.

“Sobrang saya ko po na atleast man lang sa maliit na tulong, naibigay ko, kami ng pamilya ko ng ngiti sa mukha ni tatay aside sa kanyang dinadalang mga bigat sa kanyang buhay so atleast man lang [nabawasan] ‘yung kanyang mga nararamdaman,” she said.

“Alam naman po talaga natin na maraming tao or kabataan ngayon na tambay or walang trabaho, talagang nainspire ako sa story ni tatay. Kahit matanda na siya, kinakaya niya pa rin magtrabaho para lang mag-survive,” she added.

Cheery hopes to inspire the public to help those who are in need to alleviate their sufferings in life.

“Sana po kahit hindi man sa financial or sa mga bagay tayo makakapagbigay ng tulong, kahit sa mga actions lang po natin. Dito po, maipapakita po natin ang ating pagmamahal sa ating kapwa,” she noted.

Janelle Lorzano
Janelle Lorzano
Janelle Lorzano likes long walks on the seaside and listening to people about their lives. When she isn't writing, she travels and discover new places.

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