When Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared on Tuesday that the current Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes would no longer be valid effective immediately, it wasn’t just black money hoarders who went into panic.
Many people were trying to come to terms with the fact that the money in their wallets had suddenly lost all its value. There were several who had only Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes and had no option but to wait for a day to get the money exchanged.
While many faced inconvenience as auto drivers, shopkeepers, vendors, and petrol pump operators refused to take Rs 500 notes, there were also positive stories recorded of people helping each other out in time of need.
One such heartwarming story is that of Ola Cab driver Vipin Kumar, who let go of his share of money for a passenger carrying only Rs 500 notes.
Image for representation only. Source: by Jorge Royan, via Wikimedia Commons
On Tuesday night, Viplav Arora, a Delhi architect, needed to take a cab to the train station. Although he only had Rs 500 notes, fortunately, he had some money in his Ola Money account. So without worrying, he booked a cab. However, what he didn’t expect was for the bill to exceed the amount in his Ola Money account.
And so, there he was, with no money to make the full payment to the driver. The driver Vipin Kumar, however, was more than understanding:
“Sir baaki k paise rehne dijiye, do paise kam kama lenge, thodi si takleef hogi or vo to sab ko ho rhi hai, ab sarkaar ke faisley ka samaan karte hue, desh ki tarakki me ye hamara yogdaan hi samjh lenge. Aap befikr hokar apni train lijiye.”
(Sir, it’s okay, let it be. Even if I earn a little less money and it’ll be troublesome for me, I know that many others are facing trouble too. I shall honour the government’s decision and think of this as my contribution for the welfare of the country. You catch your train, don’t worry.)
The overwhelmed Arora later shared the story on Ola Cabs’ Facebook page; it went viral immediately. As a result, Ola took notice of Kumar’s good deed and decided to compensate him for his loss. “We’re so happy to hear this Viplav. We’re proud to have a driver-partner like Vipin Kumar with us! More power to him,” commented Ola on Arora’s post, promising to give Kumar the money due to him.
booked an ola from home to railway station today. Unfortunately I had all 500 notes in my wallet at that time and…
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Booked an ola from home to railway station today. Unfortunately, I had all 500 notes in my wallet at that time and I was totally aware of scrapping of Rs. 500 & Rs. 1000 currency, so decided to pay via Ola money.
But somehow my bill for ride was little over the amount I had in Ola money and rest of amount I was supposed to pay to driver in cash.
No ATMs were working and for sure nobody would give you change against 500 note.
Reply of driver at that time not only earns respect for himself but also I am writing this post because of that.
“Sir baaki k paise rehne dijiye , do paise kam kama lenge ,thodi si takleef hogi or vo to sab ko ho rhi hai, ab sarkaar ke faisley ka samaan krte hue , desh ki tarakki me ye hamara yogdaan hi samjh lenge. Aap befikr hokar apni train lijiye.”
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