He decided to treat a few local fresh graduates a drink to celebrate their graduation but was surprised by the different responses in return.
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It’s nice to perform random acts of kindness to make someone’s day better. Whether it’s offering a kind word or treating people to a drink, these seemingly small acts can make someone’s day brighter.
However, sometimes our goodwill isn’t reciprocated kindly and we might be taken advantage of.
A Twitter user Fye (@callmefye) shared the different responses he received when he tried to treat a few people in Malaysia to a Starbucks drink to celebrate their graduation.
During the convocation season, he randomly messaged anyone he follows or his followers who uploaded their graduation picture on social media and offered to treat them to a Starbucks drink on his behalf.
He’ll transfer them the funds and they don’t even need to meet up with him.
Malaysians are so not ready for random act of kindness. Bru ni kan musim konvo, aku randomly mesej strangers yg aku nmpk upload gmbr grad utk belanja dorg Starbucks (transfer duit je bukan ajak jmp). Ni responses yg aku terima: [this is a thread] pic.twitter.com/1zuQIJaZS6— Tag Jones 🇵🇸 (@callmefye) December 7, 2021
Org yg aku approached dlm thread ni bukanlah tiba² came out of nowhere. Of course org yg aku follow & follow aku for quite some time 🤦🏻♂️ pic.twitter.com/veaUffuqVA— Tag Jones 🇵🇸 (@callmefye) December 7, 2021
He received these responses in return:
- Person A was surprised by the kind gesture and felt touched. However, the person did not thank him after the money was transferred and left him at ‘read’. For Fye, it’s not a big issue for him.
- Person B thought he was flirting with them. After getting the Starbucks treat, the person kept sending cringeworthy messages although he has no interest in any relationship at all.
- Person C thanked him for the treat. They have hung out together before because they knew each other from Instagram.
- Person D straight up refused.
- Person E asked for more than what was offered which shocked Fye.
According to Fye, performing a random act of kindness with no strings attached is common in countries abroad.
As proof, he shared the thoughtful note left by his Airbnb host in Paris and the kind couple who sent him to the airport for free in Slovenia.
Ni host Airbnb kat Paris tinggalkan kat atas katil aku. Siap ada bnyk tips & info utk aku yg sgt membantu. Dia tulis tgn! pic.twitter.com/s6jwZTzTMd— Tag Jones 🇵🇸 (@callmefye) December 7, 2021
I missed this one. One of the best thing strangers ever did to me. Kat Slovenia mmg sunyi. Lebih sejam tunggu tepi jalan x tahu mcm mana nk g airport. Nervous xyah ckp la. Then this happened. pic.twitter.com/qavrsiLnD7— Tag Jones 🇵🇸 (@callmefye) December 8, 2021
However, he finds that the people in Malaysia are either wary about kind deeds or misinterpret the motive.
To be honest, no one can be faulted for rejecting the kind offer due to the numerous money scams we hear about every year.
That said, it doesn’t mean we have to stop being kind. We should continue to be kind to each other but also understand when there are people who decline our offer.