Over the course of the Movement Control Order (MCO) period, there have been plenty of food delivery riders stories by netizens on social media, be it light-hearted, tearjerking, or dramatic – you name it!
In a more recent light-hearted story which went viral online, a FoodPanda rider from Terengganu shared on his TikTok about his dilemma, after he discovered that he received a food order from a customer in Duyong Island!
In speaking to mStar, the deliveryman, Muhammad Faszrul Aiman (or Yoe in short), said that he has encountered such incidents many times. However, he had to reject the orders as he’s only a FoodPanda Walker. He clarified, “I’m a Pink (FoodPanda) Walker, but I use my bike (to deliver food). The distance for the order is meant to be for nearby areas only. I’m based in Kuala Terengganu.”
“Long story short, I accepted the customer’s order without looking at the address. When I wanted to deliver the food, I checked the address, and went, ‘Alamak, it’s at Duyong Island, which is located across the sea. If I want to go there, I have to go past the Sultan Mahmud Bridge,” Yoe further added.
“In the end, I had to reject the order and had to check in the system for FoodPanda to handle the situation. It actually affected me, and also other riders, if we had to reject the order. But I had to because the distance was far and I’m only a Pink Walker,” he continued.
According to Yoe, he’s been working for FoodPanda as a Pink Walker since December 2020. “Previously, I was a mechanic and I helped my father in the bus workshop. But business has been slow due to the pandemic,” the 19-year-old revealed. “My mom owns a food stall. So one day, I saw a Pink Walker taking an order from my mother’s stall.”
“I was interested, so I had a little chat with the rider about his work. I don’t have a complete license yet, it was postponed because of the MCO, but that’s what drove me to give it a try. The job is tiring, indeed, but I’m happy to gain the experience, apart from meeting good friends and customers,” Yoe remarked.
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In shedding some light about his now-viral clip, Yoe said that he only wanted to share the funny story with his friends for fun. “My brain jammed for awhile at that time. In addition to that story, there’s also many other amusing ones as well, such as being chased by a dog,” he was quoted as saying. “But mostly are good memories because I often encounter good customers.”
He added, “They often give me tips, food and drinks. Alhamdulillah, this job is physically draining, but as long as it’s halal, there’s nothing wrong in trying one’s luck. Now it’s not the time for us to be too selective in choosing a job.”
“After all, we’re still young, seek for a job to ease the burden of our parents. Make use of our well-being to earn our own money,” he concluded the chat.