If you accidentally damaged someone’s car and realised that the owner was nowhere to be found, would you own up or make a quick escape to avoid paying for the damages?
29-year-old driver Panneerselvam Kulothungan opted to do the former and left not one, but two notes on the windscreen of the damaged car when he accidentally scratched it while entering a car park near Bukit Batok Central. The honest man initially waited by the car for an hour for the owner to return but saw no sight of him and decided to leave his contact details behind, wrapping the second note in plastic in case it rained.
Mr Tony Wee, the owner of the car returned to his vehicle and upon seeing the damaged paintwork and lop-sided license plate, got angry but noticed the notes on his windscreen and calmed down. Wee’s car was previously damaged by a taxi driver who fled the scene immediately, according to witnesses. He then contacted the driver and told him that he need not pay for the repairs simply because he was so honest. The repairs came up to an estimated amount of $300 which was a hefty sum for the driver who declined to reveal his salary but said that he did not earn much. Thankful for the man’s honesty, Mr Wee wrote in to The Straits Times, applauding the driver’s honesty and good deed.
“I thought to myself, ‘This kind of action should be the norm, why is this reported?’ ” Mr Kulothungan questioned.
“If you damage someone’s things, you should at least apologise. It is not a good practice in life to run away from your mistakes, as what goes around comes around,” he added.
For those considering making a run to avoid paying for the damages, take a leaf out of Mr Kulothungan’s book and opt instead to do the right thing.