A photograph on Facebook of a female attendant feeding an armless passenger in his 60s on a train on Wednesday received more than 100,000 “likes” in a day, as netizens praised the woman for her kindness.
The woman was later identified as Cheng Shu-chun (鄭淑君), who has worked for Taiwan Railways Administration as an attendant for 17 years.
“It was nothing,” Cheng said yesterday in response to the praises for helping a man she barely knew.
Cheng, who sells lunch boxes on the train, said the man asked for her help after she told him that there were no spoons on the train, only chopsticks.
She did not hesitate to sit down next to him and feed him because she could not bear see him go hungry, she said.
She did not notice that someone had taken their picture at the time, she added.
The photograph was posted on Thursday on the Facebook page of a man named “Jerry,” who works as a disc jockey at the Police Broadcasting Station in Taitung County.
Ku Shih-yen (古時彥), chief of the railway’s Taipei station, said the man has been taking the train from Greater Taichung early in the morning to sell flowers in Taipei and back to Taichung in the evening since 2007.
Cheng said Wednesday was not the first time she had seen the man, adding that she has seen many other passengers help him with his basket of flowers when he gets on or off a train.