Doing the Right Thing

Few nights ago, I got a knock on my house door.

Zuzu and Zizi immediately went to the door and barked. Another person trying to sell things or con me, I thought. Zach, being the better saint among the two of us went to get the door.

It was an Indian woman with a baby in her arms and another boy standing beside her.

"Minta tolong abang. Duit gaji saya belum masuk hari ini kerana hari minggu. Baby saya sudah tiga hari tak minum susu. Minum kopi saja. Minta tolong pinjam duit beli susu.."

*translation*

"I need help, sir. My salary hasn't been banked in because it's a weekend but my baby has not been drinking milk for the past 3 days but was surviving on coffee. I would like to ask a favor to borrow some money to buy some milk powder for my baby"

I'm not known to be charitable. Most of the time I would brush off anyone who tried to ask me to give my money for charity (because there were so many hoaxes, you just don't know who to trust). However, that night I did something different.

I told the lady that I wasn't going to borrow her any money that evening. But, I would like to buy her baby the milk powder of her choice. She smiled in delight. Zach and I got out of the house with her and took the lift to the grocery store right below our flat. I was very cautious to ensure there weren't anyone hiding behind corners to ambush us or whatever (too much cruelty and crime in KL made me take precaution). It was a genuine plea for help after all.

At the grocery store, I asked the mother which brand of milk powder her baby usually takes and I bought 2 packets for the baby. The mother told me when she was going to pay me back, but I told her, it's all good. I don't need her to repay me but she'll have to promise me not to feed her baby with coffee again.

After that, Zach and I went for dinner and I was, for once, happy that I helped someone genuinely.

P.S. It has always been my motto that if I help someone, it has to be something concrete and not just a plea for money. If anyone is starving and needs food, I've in the past bought food for him/her but never offer money for him/her to buy the food.

Cheers
Robb

14 comments:

Simon Seow said...

You did the right thing.

Donny Ang said...

I'm proud of you. I would do the same and purchase the milk powder for her then rather giving her the money and not knowing where the money would be spend on. *pats rob's back*

Jason said...

*salute!!!*

Charmaine said...

Yes, that's right! =)
Even ppl who asked money to eat also I won't prefer to give money, who knows later they went to buy cigar or gambled it.

atreyu strange said...

That's so sweet of you, Robb. Puts a smile on me tonight. :)

shane said...

that is so sweet :) it's a very thing to do indeed

Lil daydreamer...Dreaming for imposibility... said...

You're very kind... I mean how often that people will go all the way down to buy food for stranger..
Usually Is either they give money or just shoo them off....

hamzah ian said...

hi robb.. komen ini tidak berkaitan dengan entry anda..

harap maaf datang lambat pada press screening the eagle...

jangan senarai hitam kan saya ok.. saya mahu pergi event nuffnang lagi..

hehe..

JAI said...

Glad to know you bro. You have such a good heart..

kak ina kl (2) said...

betul tu..bagi makanan lagi bagus dari bagi duit. semuga kebaikan akan dibalas juga nanti

Matjoe said...

moga murah rezeki ngko robb, kahwin nanti senang dapat anak.

Robb said...

matjoe; hahaha. boleh kahwin baru cite la.

jessbabe said...

You just made the world a better place.

marcusan said...

this is goood! : )