MRT station staff gave money to commuter who was short of funds to make trip

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Facebook user Zan Thang thanked an SMRT counter staff at Ang Mo Kio MRT Station for helping him make a trip when he was short of funds to do so. The counter staff Rafidah gave him $1.50 of her own money without expecting him to return it back. Zan said that her kindness was the between going home and being stuck there till a solution came up.

Just in case you can’t see what Zan Thang posted, this is what he said:


Yesterday I witnessed a case of generosity and kindness towards me.

After a cocoa session with a friend, I walked towards the nearest MRT station; Ang Mo Kio. When I proceeded to go through the gantry, it stated that I had $2.91 balanced on my card; insufficient balance for entry (minimum was $3).

Worse still, I only had exactly $1 on me having spent all on it on cocoa with my friend. Everyone should know by now I don’t possess an ATM card and coincidentally my phone was dead.

I asked a staff as whether it’s possible to “top up” a dollar and explained my situation to her. She told me the minimum amount was $10 and amazingly told me since I have only a dollar she’ll give me $1.50 outta her own pockets so that I can purchase a “one trip ticket” to my destination. She did not ask for the amount to be returned but I asked for her name.

Called the station today to find out her shift hours to repay the money. As a gesture of thanks, I bought her a box of Ferrero Rocher to show my deep gratitude.

Her name is Rafidah; it’s only $1.50, but it was the difference between going home and being stuck there till a solution came up.

Thanks again Rafidah, your kindness and generosity was/is much welcomed and appreciated! ?