A TikTok user wowed the Internet after ordering food using a remote-controlled car to stay safe amid the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in Singapore.
Steve Ho showcased his remarkable invention in a TikTok video posted on Saturday, in which the man sends his remote-controlled car to a food stall – or zi char – to order his dinner. The video has already received more than 102,000 views and 3,800 likes.
By placing a camera on top of the toy car, Ho manages to drive it to the zi char and tell his order to the stall’s bewildered staff. Speaking in Mandarin through the microphone attached to the car, Ho says, “I’d like to order a salted egg pork rib king rice.”
“Where’s the money?” one of the stall’s employees asks the car, to which Ho replies, “It’s in my box.”
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In the video, several staff members and nearby diners can be seen taking pictures of Ho’s car – with some even waving at its camera – as the man waits for his order. His food is eventually placed in the box attached to the back of the car, along with his change.
Ho’s recent excursion was not the first time he used his trusty RC buddy to order food. In a video on July 15, he takes it out for a spin to a nearby convenience store, where he buys ice cream and a bottle of chilled Coca-Cola.
The 35-year-old man told AsiaOne during an interview that he made the toy car so he would not need to go out and run errands, especially since Singapore recently saw a surge in COVID-19 cases.
“I am mitigating my plans of traveling out especially [to] public places where the crowds are,” Ho was quoted as saying.
Singapore logged 7,889 positive cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the country’s total number of infected patients up to 1,652,981. Four deaths were also recorded that day, bringing the country’s total number of confirmed deaths from COVID-19 up to 1,472.
While explaining his building process, Ho said it took him “a couple of months” to create his car, further sharing that there were shipping delays since he ordered some of its parts from China. Ho declined to share how much it cost him to build the car.
This was not the first time someone used a remote-controlled car to acquire food amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In February 2020, a woman used a remote-controlled car to buy some steamed buns in China’s Shandong province.