Has anyone else here tried the BTS Meal at McDonald’s over the past couple of weeks? That Cajun sauce is pretty good, right? Fans of the K-pop group buying the 10-piece nugget bundle in droves, however, are driven by more than just a limited-edition flavor.
Chances are, you’ve seen BTS stans on social media collecting the special meal’s packaging, too—everything from the box the nuggets come in to its paper bag. None of this would be possible, though, if it weren’t for the hardworking delivery riders zipping around the country fulfilling their orders.
One of them is 38-year-old Benjamin Baetiong, who went viral a couple of weeks ago after posting on social media about how the BTS Army’s orders were keeping him and his fellow Foodpanda riders busy.
“Umaarangkada na kaming mga Foodpanda riders, masayang ide-deliver sa inyo ang BTS meals. Kaya mga BTS fans diyan, go go go go, order na kayo,” Baetiong said in his now-viral Facebook post.
“Nagulat ako nung nag viral! Nannginig ako sa tuwa, lalo sa mga comments na BTS fans din,” Baetiong told Foodpanda regarding his newfound fame online.
The BTS Army came across Baetiong’s post and, to thank him for his enthusiasm, raised an impressive P40,500 for him. Not bad, considering the fundraiser’s original target was just P7,000. McDonald’s also thanked Baetiong for his service, sending him five BTS Meals—which he gave away to relatives who happened to be fans of the group.
“May nag-message sa akin na member ng BTS Army. Sabi lang nila may iniipon daw sila na donation para sa akin. Nung nakuha po nila number ko, may nag-text saan daw ako pwede i-meet,” the delivery rider shared, adding that the money raised will be used for his household and to take care of his father, a stroke survivor.
“Ako po ay K-pop and K-drama fan din, kaya naiintidihan ko ang mga BTS fans. May mga nag-message sa akin na binibilin na siguraduhin maayos yung wrapper, kaya ang ginagawa ko po sinasabi ko na sa staff ng McDo na ibalot sa hindi BTS na wrapper yung order, wala kasing plastic ang McDo.
“Hindi ko ine-expect na ako ay hahanapin at bibigyan pa ng tulong dahil lamang sa simpleng post na iyon. Nagpapasalamat ako sa kanila.”
Well, this is something we’re definitely filing under ‘good vibes’ this week. Remember, guys—always be kind to your delivery riders. Some of them go through a hell of a lot to get your food to you as fast as possible.