South Africans recently rallied together to raise money for a petrol attendant who was pranked in a now-viral video.
Yes, South Africans banded together to contribute funds to Siphamandla Wiseman Ndabezitha (38), a petrol attendant who works at the BP Quarry Service Station in Pietermaritzburg.
According to Eye Witness News, the video that went viral earlier in September, shows Ndabezitha holding two R10 notes given to him by a customer. Ndabezitha had poured R210 worth of petrol into the tank after the customer had asked him to. However, the customer then turns and said he'd asked him to pour "two ten" [rand notes] of petrol, amounting to R20. The customer drove off leaving a bewildered Ndabezitha behind.
It is said that he has worked at the garage since 2012.
Fortunately for Ndabezitha, who also supports his pensioner mother and three children, all while building a house, his employer Wayne Smith stepped in to cover the R210 to avoid a loss at the time.
"I had to watch the video three times to actually believe what they had done. But I was taken in by the way Wiseman wanted to own the problem and I definitely couldn't let him do that, so I footed the bill from my side," Smith says.
"All my staff have been with me for close on 10-15 years, they are like family to me. Wiseman is very close to me, and had been a huge help to the business."
He said the normal procedure when customers leave without paying is to open a case, but to never make it the attendants' fault.
"Unfortunately, we have to wear these things as a loss on our side."
Showing their support
While the customer did go back the following day to pay the rest of the amount, Twitter users from all over rallied together to raise some money for Ndabezitha.
If anyone knows where the attendant works, do hit us upSeptember 8, 2020
Some good Samaritans have been donating amounts ranging from R100 up to R210 and apparently raised thousands for Ndabezitha.
Kill them with kindness.😍😍😍
To Wiseman And Friend👌 pic.twitter.com/d1mO4ZtHpr— Yoliswa (@Yyoliswa) September 9, 2020
Hope I am not late Grootman🤗🤗🤗 pic.twitter.com/vlE3Q1m7Q0— Dr Clod🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦 (@DCloudius) September 9, 2020
Ndabezitha later thanked South Africans for their donations.
"I want to thank all South Africans for supporting me…thank you…"