In a comforting turn of events, a Bangladeshi cleaner who was once mocked on the Internet for looking at gold jewelry outside a shop has been showered with gifts following an online campaign.
A photograph of 65-year-old cleaner Nazer al-Islam Abdul Karim was uploaded by an Instagram user with the caption: “This man deserves to only look at rubbish”.
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Following the upload, Abdullah Al-Qahtani, who has a Twitter account called Ensaneyat, set out to look for the Bangladeshi cleaner. He tweeted Karim’s picture with the hope that he would be identified. Others also shared the picture extending their help to find Karim.
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
ارجو ممن يعرف هذا العامل ان يتواصل معي.
فله طقم ذهب مجاناً . pic.twitter.com/Md3fVUjqUB
— انسانيات (@ensaneyat) December 3, 2016
Some who looked closely at the reflection in the window managed to locate him. Once he was found, Karim revealed that he was unaware of the photograph and the quest that the internet had embarked on following it.
لمن سأل هذا هو العامل pic.twitter.com/x1KCQ7JPo8
— انسانيات (@ensaneyat) December 4, 2016
In an interview with CNN, Karim said, “I was just doing my job as a cleaner in the municipality and found myself in front of the gold shop. I am very happy about the gifts and very thankful.”
Abdullah Al-Qahtani, who sparked the online campaign, said that money is still being sent to Karim, along with other gifts such as bags of rice and honey, return tickets to his home country and even two smartphones, an iPhone 7 and a Samsung galaxy. Karim was also reportedly allowed to choose gold chains and earrings himself, Al-Qahtani also uploaded pictures of Karim with his new gifts.
اللهم لك الحمد والشكر والف شكر لمن قدّم الخير ❤️https://t.co/sHRd7DWqGjpic.twitter.com/pp0Mb48nnp
— تركي الدعجم (@turkialdajam) December 4, 2016
In the interview to CNN, Al-Qahtani also said he was impressed by the efforts to find the man, and the kindness he was shown by strangers.