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Foreign Worker Cries After A Woman Thanked Him For Refueling The Car

Foreign Worker Cries After A Woman Thanked Him For Refueling The Car

A simple ‘Thank You’ made a petrol station attendant from Bangladesh burst into tears.

Adeline Leong

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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.

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.

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.

One of the netizens pointed out that Malaysians should stop being racists to immigrants.

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.

Another netizen supports the effort to converse with foreign workers in their mother tongue because it helps them feel respected as a person too.

Last but not least, we should learn to say ‘thank you’ no matter who the person is or what they work as.

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.

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