In the midst of the chaos and turmoil in Jakarta, one man has shown Jakartans there is another way to live your life.
Me: Stay safe, Jakartans! Don’t go outside. Stay at home.— rasman𓅪 (@rasmannn) May 22, 2019
Street coffee vendor: *just casually riding his bicycle through the crowd of protesters*
Me: Am I a joke to you?pic.twitter.com/ahgNaVV3ma
A man riding his bicycle selling coffee had been spotted on live Indonesian TV whilst the journalists were reporting the showdown of the riots in Jakarta.
In the video, he looks unaffected and continues to carry on with his work as a starling, or street coffee vendor.
Starling is a play on international coffee brand Starbucks and the word keliling which means going around.
Indonesians truly are applauding this uncle and calling him the ‘real deal’.
THE REAL DEAL ✊✊✊— ゆづぽん🌸🌙 Ai (@flowerforyuzu) May 22, 2019
Whilst some applaud his marketing strategy because the bigger the crowd, the more coffee they’ll need.
Malah disitu pasar terbesarnya, semakin crowd semakin orang perlu kopi— Mikroba (@kereng_satu) May 23, 2019
Dimana ada keramaian, disana ada sumber uang— T.O.P IS DADDY (@topisdaddy) May 23, 2019
Besides, doesn’t coffee bring people together?
You’re not you when you haven’t had coffee.— Spoilers, spoil me! (@BrockHoward) May 22, 2019
Coffee: Still brings people togther.
Starbike or starling (starbak keliling)— Arno (@novriarno03) May 22, 2019
Starbucks who? We only know starbike— lala’ (@lordpolarsky) May 22, 2019
Some though are curious of his behaviour and labelling him as a spy?
Intel lagi memantau situasi— Aji Purnomo (@ajiipurnomo) May 22, 2019
Intel nyamar jadi “starling”— kangreza (@kangreza_) May 23, 2019
Overall, Indonesians are loving him.
This video has over 1.22 million views to date.
Itu baru rakyat Indonesia!!1!!1— ty🖤 (@april120497) May 22, 2019
I love how resilience the Jakartans!— Lee (@darlinafirstama) May 22, 2019
Hidup starling.— ISI NITROGEN (@sebelumpagi) May 22, 2019
The story doesn’t stop there
Episode 2.— rasman𓅪 (@rasmannn) May 23, 2019
Street coffee vendor: I’m in the empire business. Stay out of my territory.
Truly they are the unsung heroes.
Coffe man! More strong than another superhero! Hahaha— Aksa (@nourdineahmed) May 22, 2019
Starling memang tidak mengenal rasa takut 🤣— Gede Raditya Yoga Pratama (@ryogap9) May 22, 2019