A video has gone viral on Facebook showing several foreigners picking up garbage on a street in Ho Chi Minh City.
Three foreigners are seen collecting rubbish with trash grabbers and putting them into the bags they were carrying, according to the footage that was viewed nearly four million times, shared more than 56,000 times and received over 4,000 comments from Facebook users.
Vietnamese man Nguyen Van Tam told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that he captured the moments when he was going on Le Thanh Ton Street near the iconic Ben Thanh Market in the southern metropolis’ downtown area on December 9.
Tam then posted the video on his Facebook page, along with a description that reads, “Do you young people know that they are foreigners who are paying a visit to Vietnam?”
The video was quick to go viral and receive numerous comments from Facebook users.
“If everyone cares a little bit about garbage, streets will be much cleaner,” a comment reads.
A person living near Ben Thanh Market said one of the foreigners tried to use a trash grabber to take cigarette butts out through a sewage grate.
“They did with great care and enthusiasm,” Le Thi Huyen, a 57-year-old lottery ticket vendor said, adding she found the action astonishing.
A motorbike taxi driver called Ba Em said the foreigners’ effort sharpened the public awareness of keeping the city clean and encouraged local people to avoid littering and pick up garbage around their homes and businesses.
Tam, 25, said what motivated him to upload the video were admiration for the international visitors, and the sadness and shame about how Vietnamese people treat their own streets.