Poor Taiwanese guy, named Lin was on his way to his mom’s house. The woman has fallen ill and asked her son to bring her up some medicine. Lin was raised by his mother after his dad died. The woman did all she could to help her son go through the collage and get a degree. She even started her own small business – a tiny shop. But last year serious health issues made Lin’s mom retire and he had to rule the shop himself.
Is there a need to sat Lin couldn’t continue studying, so he just left college to take care of his mom and make more money than he did with his previous part-time jobs. Family business wasn’t going well and Lin took another job to make ends meet. As they still had to pay a fortune for his mom’s medical treatment.
The night when it all happened – Lin was on his way to mother’s home. He had just finished his night shift at a restaurant. Night shifts is the only way out for his pretty tight schedule. At 03:00 on Sunday, he returned home and found his mum feeling bad again. He decided to help her deliver an order to a nearby temple in time for a ceremony and grab some medicine.
Smooth driving made him fall asleep. Lin woke up after a thwack and realized he was in a huge trouble. 4 rich kids were chilling on the side road standing near their luxurious Ferrari cars when they saw Lin’s car hitting into their autos. Luckily, nobody was injured. Guys managed to run aside and just stood there watching their vehicles being smashed.
Police officers confirmed, Lin was sober, but just too tired, so he simply dozed. Lin realized things were too bed for him:
“I thought: ‘Oh no, I’ve gotten myself into a big mess.’ I was really worried about bringing trouble to my mother and having to pay so much money. I wanted to help her, but made things worse”, – he told the BBC.
Local media contacted luxury car dealerships and repair shops to calculate that the repair bill would be 12 million Taiwan dollars. Which is approximately $500,000! Poor guy had to work for around 28 years without buying anything to pay for the repair.
Suddenly something huge happened: thousands of people started calling to local police dept claiming they wanted to help. Strangers donated money so, that Lin could pay all the charges without any risk to their family budget.
Together with it, as soon as the story got on news, the college made an announcement that they are waiting for Lin to come back and finish the study. Internet community is going to donate enough money for him to pay for damaged cars and get a degree as soon as possible.
Although, they haven’t raised enough cash yet – Lin is grateful to everyone who has sent a payment:
“I’m really grateful to everyone who has offered to help and who has come here to encourage me. Some people even drove up from central Taiwan and asked me where they can donate money. Some spent a long time looking for our shop, some are not in good situation, but they still gave money.”