A woman is winning Malaysians' hearts online for setting up a snack bar outside her house to treat delivery riders who have been working tirelessly during the Movement Control Order (MCO)
In a tweet posted on 15 January, Natasha Hidayah Hashim shared two photos of the simple snack bar she prepared outside her landed house in Shah Alam, Selangor.
The snack bar is not only stocked with local biscuits and snacks, readily available for delivery riders to grab, but there are also coffee and chocolate drink sachets.
The refreshment station comes with hand sanitisers too.
"For delivery, please take some snacks! Stay safe," read a note there, while another note requests delivery riders to place the delivery items in a basket above the snack bar.
"Decided to do something small to show appreciation to my abang and kakak delivery," said Natasha, who works as a content producer at IGN Southeast Asia.
"Just waiting on the air kotak and mineral water to arrive."
At the time of writing, the post has gone viral with over 5,400 likes and 2,600 retweets.
Speaking to SAYS, Natasha — or better known to her followers as Tashbunny — said she got the idea to set up the snack bar from people in the US.
Canadian indie gamer Clara Sia was among the people who inspired her to do the same.
Recently, Natasha added Mamee Monster snacks and Yeo's lychee drinks to the snack bar
"The mineral water, sadly, has not arrived yet," she related.
When asked what was the most popular snacks among the riders, the 29-year-old revealed that Julie's Peanut Butter Sandwich, M&M's Minis, and Toblerone Tiny Swiss Milk Chocolate are the top picks.
"The snacks remain outside even at night. I live in a gated area, so I'm not too worried that the snacks will be stolen," she added.
According to her, the snack bar has been in place for over two weeks now
"I want to show appreciation to them. Recently, I saw a delivery person was carrying their children in the car. It made me feel sad," she told mStar last week.
"From there on, I started placing food outside the house. At first, I put some biscuits, I did not expect them to run out."
"Then I bought snacks and mineral water. Now, I want to add lychee juice. Since the weather is so hot, they don't have to go to the store (to buy drinks). They are also in a hurry."
Natasha added that she did not expect her tweet would go viral and inspire others to do the same
In an Instagram Story uploaded yesterday, 18 January, she said she was overwhelmed by the positive messages she has been receiving.
"I hope that you guys could show some kindness and pay forward when you can," she shared.
"It's been a rough year for all of us. And 2021 isn't getting any easier as well. So we can do our best to be there for each other. That would be really nice."
In October last year, a food delivery rider received a new phone from members of the public after it got stolen while on the job: