A simple ‘Thank You’ made a petrol station attendant from Bangladesh burst into tears.
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Ever since we were little, we were taught to say ‘Thank You’ to show gratitude and appreciation when we received help from someone.
For some reason, some of us did not get that memo or simply forgot when we grew older.
The phrase ‘Thank You’ may sound simple but it can hold so much weight for another person.
Twitter user Areesa shared that her family stopped by a petrol station near Bukit Sentosa to refuel on 29 November.
A foreign worker from Bangladesh helped the family to pump petrol. When he was done, Areesa thanked him from the back of the car and also wished him a good day.
She was taken aback when the foreign worker started crying and was worried that she said something wrong.
The foreign worker explained that she was the first person to thank him.
You are the first person to say thank you to me.The foreign worker told Areesa.
In her Twitter thread, Areesa shared that it costs nothing to say thank you to another person especially a foreign worker.
this bangladesh guy tolong isikan minyak kereta my dad then aku dekat seat belakang cakap la “thank you have a nice day” patu senyum patu dia nangis wehhhhh aku cam WEH— Areesa🧣 (@amieliaareesa) November 29, 2021
Areesa’s anecdote resonated with some netizens who also shared their experience about other Malaysian locals who could not say ‘Thank you.’
A netizen said that some Malaysians find it hard to thank someone else. She shared her experience helping someone to press the lift button to their floor because the other person’s hands are full.
orang kita memang berat mulut untuk cakap terima kasih..aku duduk flat tekan lif nak naik. kemudiannya dah masuk lif, kita tanya lah tingkat berapa sebab dia pegang barang kan dah tolong tekan pun tak cakap terima kasih.nanti orang cop lah kita sombong pftt😗— Badri Akif (@akif_twitchy) November 29, 2021
Another netizen echoed Areesa’s sentiment that it costs nothing to say thanks. She said it also feels good knowing that their simple ‘thank you’ could make someone’s day a little better.
Pernah terjadi dkt aku. Aku ckp “thanks” dekat bangla yg bersihkan office aku setiap pagi and setiap kali dia nmpk aku dlm site, dia selalu bagi salam and offer nk belanja air. It feels good to be the reason someone had a good day— JustAFan (@guardianmugen) November 29, 2021
One of the netizens pointed out that Malaysians should stop being racists to immigrants.
Our ppl should stop being racist towards immigrants. It’s morally unacceptable… I hate it.. Tak semua but benda ni still berlaku..— Related elegance (@relatedelegance) November 29, 2021
The next person shared how the Bangladeshi worker at a petrol station lit up with a smile when she said ‘donnabad,’ which means ‘thank you’ in Bengali, the national language of Bangladesh.
Kalau g pam minyak, after pekerja bangladeshi siap, i cakap “donnobad”. Which means “thank you” in their language hehe. Dia senyum plus terkejut haha 🤣 i suka buat and tgk org senyum. Korg pun nanti boleh ah try cakap hehehehe— 艾妮 🇵🇸 (@ainibdn) November 29, 2021
Another netizen supports the effort to converse with foreign workers in their mother tongue because it helps them feel respected as a person too.
As someone who works with foreign workers (property construction) we always say thanks or try to talk to them in hindi or some words in Bengali (office training dept taught us) they feel respected and tell us thank you for making them feel like they are humans cause they are.— Ari1986 (@X1986Ari) November 29, 2021
Last but not least, we should learn to say ‘thank you’ no matter who the person is or what they work as.
Biasakan budaya say thank you pada cleaners, petrol attendants,waiters basically everyone la. Xluak pon kalau kita berbudi bahasa..we acknowledged them there and appreciate what they’ve done.— nadia (@diradibecks) November 29, 2021
Yup, to anyone, anywhere, warganegara pun sama, cashier atau mana-mana orang, say thank you. Bukan duk kat mentaliti customer is always right je 😅😅— RyraAo (@RyRaAo) November 29, 2021
Despite the positive reception from netizens, some found Areesa’s story hard to believe. To this, Areesa said there’s no reason for her to make up a story.
There’s no motive for me to make up the story about bangladeshi worker baik aku buat story orang tua kena tinggal dengan anak tepi jalan aku pergi hantar dia balik rumah cmon i can do better lah if nak tipu story— Areesa🧣 (@amieliaareesa) November 29, 2021