Food rider's BTS Meal 'push' gets hefty cash reward from ARMY

This food-delivery rider complimented the BTS meal offered by a popular fast-food restaurant. Because of his initiative, fans of the K-pop group gave him a hefty cash reward that it raised through a viral fundraising drive.
PHOTO/S: Shutterstock, Benjamin Baetiong

On June 18 at 9 a.m., food delivery rider Benjamin Baetiong wrote an appreciation post on Facebook, thanking people patronizing the McDonald's BTS Meal.

"Lakas ng BTS Meal ngayon. Umaarangkada na kaming mga FoodPanda riders, masayang ide-deliver sa inyo ang BTS Meals. Kaya mga BTS fans diyan, gogogogo, order na kayo."

("The BTS Meal is flying off the racks. We FoodPanda riders are busy now delivering your BTS Meals. So BTS fans, go go go, order now.")

His post went viral in minutes.

In the hours that followed, an ARMY fundraising campaign for Baetliong was started on Twitter with the hashtag #ARMYMealProject.

The post aimed to thank Baetliong for his positivity about ARMY, the fan base of BTS, which has garnered criticism online for the hype about the McDonald's BTS Meal.

"In light of the toxicity we face as a fandom towards some food delivery riders, this manong FoodPanda rider stood out the most," read the Tweet. "At dahil sa sipag at tiyaga niya sa pagdedeliver ng BTS Meal para sa ating lahat, ang proyektong ito ay para sa kanya,"

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("Because of his dedication to his job and for delivering BTS Meals to all of us, this project is for him.")

The campaign's target was to initially raise P7,000. Within minutes, it exceeded its target and reached P40,500 as of 10 p.m. on June 18.

In a Facebook post, Baetiong expressed his gratitude towards the ARMY's charity efforts.

"Sa mga BTS ARMY, maraming salamat po sa pag appreciate niyo po sa akin at sa tulong na nalikom nyo, malaking tulong po ito para sa aking pamilya lalo na sa aking tatay na may sakit.. Sa mga nag ppm sakin pasensya na hindi ko po kayo agad masagot sobrang dami po ng nagmemessage sakin. salamat po sa lahat lahat. Mabuhay po kayo... BTS ARMY, McDonald's and Food Panda. God bless you all."

(To BTS ARMY, thank you very much for your appreciation. I am very grateful for your fundraiser, which is a big help to my family, especially my father who is sick. To those sending me messages, I am sorry if I am not able to reply to all of you. Thank you for everything. May you live long, BTS ARMY, McDonalds, and FoodPanda. God bless you all.")

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Baetliong also received BTS Meals from McDonald's.

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He continued to profusely thank BTS fans around the world who pitched in for the fundraiser.

"Lord maraming salamat sa blessing na dumating.. at sa mga BTS Fans At ARMY. Salamat sa inyo. Super thank you po talaga."

("Lord, thank you very much for all the blessings that came. And to the BTS fans and ARMY, my heartfelt gratitude. Thank you so much.")

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This food-delivery rider complimented the BTS meal offered by a popular fast-food restaurant. Because of his initiative, fans of the K-pop group gave him a hefty cash reward that it raised through a viral fundraising drive.
PHOTO/S: Shutterstock, Benjamin Baetiong
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