Elderly man in Toa Payoh filmed pushing tall stack of cardboard in rain, says will earn S$3.10 from it

He thanked the volunteers who helped him push his trolley over the short distance they spoke with him.

Kayla Wong | December 15, 2019, 09:31 PM

An elderly man was filmed in Toa Payoh pushing a stack of cardboard on his trolley in the rain.

"Friendly, funny and chatty uncle"

In a video posted by non-profit group Happy People Helping People Community on Friday, Dec. 13, a group of volunteers helped the 75-year-old man, who was wearing a raincoat and flip-flops, by pushing his load together with him.

They chatted with him along the way too, saying that he was "one of the most friendly, funny and chatty [uncles]" they met in Toa Payoh.

In case you can't see the video:

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"No choice"

According to the post, the volunteers said the man could hardly see the road ahead of him because of the sheer height of the pile of cardboard he was pushing.

The cardboard he collected would earn him S$3.10, the old man said.

While crossing the road, a volunteer could be heard saying that pushing his trolley on the road could get "dangerous".

In response, the man said, "No choice".

According to the post, the man had chosen to push his cart on the road and not on the pavement as the pavement can be bumpy and topple the pile of cardboard from his trolley.

Thanked the good samaritans

While walking together, the man also thanked the good samaritans for lending him a brief helping hand.

Mothership has reached out to Ministry of Social and Family Development to find out if the man is currently receiving any form of assistance. 

Top image adapted via Happy People Helping People Community's Facebook page