The Western Section of the Taipei Metro’s Circular Line (the Yellow Line) in New Taipei City has been in operation since Jan. 31. On Sept. 6, someone riding in a Metro train car saw the quite moving scene of an elderly workman sitting on a paint pail that he had with him because he was afraid of dirtying the seats. Some netizens were moved to tears by the story.
The person posted a photo on the “Baofei Commune” Facebook group. He said that when he was on the Circular Line in New Taipei City, he had come across an elderly workman going home from his job. When someone offered to give up their seat for him, the workman unexpectedly said: “I am dirty and I don’t want to make the seat dirty, too.” He then turned around and put a clean paint pail that he was carrying down on the floor like a chair, sat down on it and started swiping his cellphone as he rested.
The person who posted the article said: “No profession is more precious than another. Everyone (well, not everyone) earns their money by the sweat of their brow. Every bit of thoughtfulness makes society that much warmer.” Netizens were quite moved by what the workman did. In the comments section, they said things like: “What a great guy – You have a pure and godly heart.” Someone else said: “Without laborers there would be no houses to live in. These laborers really deserve respect. Although they may not be able to afford to buy a house, they are still worthy of respect.” Another person even said: “I am crying.”
Screengrab from the Baofei Commune Facebook page 照片：取自爆廢公社
(Translated by Julian Clegg, Taipei Times)
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