Viral stories that just seem too good to be true nearly always have their veracity questioned and scrutinized.
Recently, Amazon India manager Shrikant Singh shared a story on Facebook about an inspirational conversation he allegedly had with a kindhearted Uber driver in Bengaluru.
According to Mashable, the driver named Anand was actually an entrepreneur who owned a fleet of 50 cars registered with Uber, but he was out driving one of his own cabs to help the family of one of his drivers who had passed away.
"Oh this car met with an accident a few days back and my Uber driver died," Anand told Singh. "His family is too proud to take money, so I figured the only way I can help is to drive the car on his behalf and let the income from Uber keep flowing. And I feel happy doing this."
Naturally, such a heartwarming post garnered thousands of likes and shares after being posted, but there were many kill-joy critics who weren't buying it.
Singh's original post included a screenshot of the receipt from his ride which showed Anand's photo, the route he took, the time the ride occurred, and the cost of the trip.
Several Facebook users noticed upon examining the photo that the driver had taken a much longer route than necessary to get Singh to his destination. Furthermore, people questioned how the vehicle was operating just a few days after being involved in a fatal accident.
While Singh did not offer details to answer the skeptics' queries, he did try to set the record straight vaguely.
"A lot has been discussed about the logic of the trip length," he wrote on Facebook. "All I can say is that there was a reason behind that and given the virality of this post, I would rather keep quiet and let everyone speculate."
People still would not accept the story's authenticity, despite Singh's attempts to assure them his experience was real. He addressed the critics one last time before laying it to rest.
"I can only say this.. I have been in Bangalore for 7 years.. I know the roads.. And I know the route I took.," he wrote on Facebook. "And yet I say this once again, 'it's a good story.. It's a true story.. And Its a story of an amazing person'. I can't force people to change their bias but I can always try."
Of course, the only people who will ever truly know what happened along that ride are Anand and Singh. Attention-seekers have been known to go the extra mile in the name of "going viral," but if Singh recounted a real experience, Anand's gesture deserves to be applauded.
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