Tiny hands, big heart: Internet hands it to state worker picking up trash in flood with bare hands

Photo: Daily News
Photo: Daily News

On a gloomy day when Bangkokians tried to rush home to avoid floodwater and traffic, this woman made a small, but meaningful attempt to ease the city’s flood problem.

On Saturday, Facebook user Yongyuth Khunta Kritsaditadapong shared a video and photos that warmed the hearts of many netizens, as he ran into a state worker who stood in the flooded Ngamwongwan Road and tirelessly picked up leaves and garbage that had clogged the drain.

“Tiny hands, but a big heart — This is the event I remain most impressed with today, and I’m so impressed that I can’t keep these images to myself,” Yongyuth wrote.

“I had to stop and thank her,” Yongyuth added.

The post was shared more than 40,000 times.


The woman, later identified as 30-year-old Aom Boonchoo, is a Chatuchak state cleaner. She told Daily News that on that day, there had been a flood because the garbage clogged the drain. Boonchoo decided to take matters (quite literally) into her own hands, and by herself, cleared up the waste.

She asked residents to dispose of their garbage properly.

“It’s our duty to ensure that citizens are happy,” Boonchoo said.

“I’m so grateful for your praises, but don’t just thank me — thank the other state cleaners as well, because this is what we do.”

Chatuchak District Director Chaowarit Songnawarat said that he is happy for Boonchoo to receive praise online.

He asked citizens to take care of their surroundings and be considerate of the cleaning staff who work hard to keep Bangkok at its best.

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