Good Samaritans are increasingly becoming rare but at times, certain instances have often proved that humanity is still very much alive and when in need, many do rise up to the occasion. The same has happened with a delivery driver who was afraid of losing his house but ended up getting a huge donation due to his appeal which eventually saved him from getting homeless. Recently, a heart touching video went viral in which a tearful UberEats driver was seen requesting customers to consider giving a better tip as he feared getting homeless again.
The 56-second clip was originally shared on TikTok and was re-shared by Christian St. Croix (@SaintsCrossing) on Twitter. He captioned the post by writing something needs to be done about this.
In the footage, the delivery driver, named Riley Elliott was speaking about the struggle and challenges he is facing to keep a job. His urge melted the hearts of the netizens and the video received 3.8 million views on Twitter. He was offered immense support by the people as he received USD 50,000 in donations. However, from the amount received, he further donated USD 15,000 to the other people in need of money.
Thanking everyone who has contributed, Riley took to his Twitter handle to say that it will change so many lives and they are working hard to provide a system of distribution.
Thank you all who have contributed to this fund! It is going to change so many lives! We are working hard to provide a system of distribution. Bear with us!! #spreadthekindness https://t.co/1xwiDcTaNM— Riley Elliot (@livefreestudios) February 23, 2021
Riley had earlier informed that he accepted the food delivery business hoping and thinking that the tip provided by the customers would make it worthwhile. However, the situation was not the same as it took him almost 45 minutes to complete the order and cost him USD 3 in parking fees but the tip he received was a mere USD 1.50 and also what Uber paid him did not even cover gas and time. This left him very frustrated and tense.
According to a report by Q13 FOX Seattle, escaping the high rental cost in Seattle, Riley moved to Las Vegas over the summer period. He was facing a lot of challenges while meeting his needs and has also been homeless twice during the coronavirus pandemic. He decided to become a delivery boy for UBER Las Vegas after his fiancee was laid off from her job.