Yesterday, while on his way back to his car, Tong Yee saw what he thought was a parking ticket. But it turned out to be a note from the man who inadvertently dented the back of his car. The thoughtful man had left a hand-written note of apology with his contact number on it.
What happened next was an earnest exchange between two strangers. It ended with Tong Yee proposing to treat Shamsul, the man who left the note, to a meal to thank him for his integrity.
Tong Yee, who is an ex school teacher and current Executive Director of The Thought Collective and Common Ground posted about his experience on Facebook yesterday.
He wrote in his post, “And if you really are a foreign national working here, then bless you. It’s a privilege to have you working with us. Grateful for you. And I will do my utmost in making sure your time with us is honored.”
Unsurprisingly, the post has since gone viral, gaining over 6, 400 likes and 5, 900 shares. It’s safe to say that Singaporeans are very interested in what will happen next.
Who knows, this may be the start of a beautiful friendship.
Have you ever been had to take personal responsibility for accidental property damage?
What would you do if you were Tong Yee? If you’d like to see more of Tong Yee’s post, including screenshots of his heartwarming conversation with Shamsul, click here.