If you have ever had to self-isolate during the pandemic then you will know its no fun at all and it is difficult to prepare for.
One woman realised just this when she discovered she had run out of cigarettes while she had coronavirus and, due to being stuck indoors, had no way of getting more. So, she came up with a genius way to request them from strangers.
Posting on TikTok, the woman named Melissa showed that she lives above a pub and a window in her flat looks out to the beer garden.
She made a bucket using a flower pot with a note on top explaining her predicament. The note said: “I’m self-isolating and ran out of cigarettes. Please may I have one” which is written around a hole in the middle with “insert here” written around it.
She then lowered it down to the garden with string and watched the cigarettes roll in as people at the table waved at her and took photos.
Commenting on the video, which has been viewed more than 4.3 million times, and has received over 566,000 likes, some people were impressed by the community spirit.
One said: “Pints and cigarettes bring people together in a weird way.”
Another user wrote: “I love when the British public pulls together, iconic honestly.”
“British bonding in its prime”, a third user wrote.
After the first video, Melissa uploaded a follow-up where she lowered the bucket onto the street, by two passing women.
The women then looked in a bag and place a pouch of rolling tobacco into the pot, before taking a picture as Melissa reeled it back in.
As well as being obviously unhealthy for numerous reasons, it should be pointed out that a review by the World Health Organisation (WHO) found in May that smoking increases your risk of developing severe Covid.
Meanwhile, a blog on the British Heart Foundation’s website says: “No, it’s not a good idea to smoke if you have, or are recovering from, coronavirus.
“Quitting smoking is known to reduce the severity of lung infections, and can prevent pneumonia or bronchitis developing.”
They definitely have a valid point. Still, we can’t help but respect the hustle, which you can check out for yourself here.