A local cabby has taken to Facebook to claim that a pair of male passengers not only threw up in his taxi, but also refused to pay him the fare they owed him, and also allegedly knocked him onto the ground.
In a post on Sunday morning, one Lance Ng said he picked up two men — who appear from his pictures and videos to be Caucasian — at about 2:15am from Raffles City Shopping Centre.
Here's what they look like:
target="_blank" rel="noopener">Lance Ng/FB
Threw up in his taxi
Ng wrote in his post that in the middle of the journey to Lim Teck Kim Road, roughly a 10-minute drive away, one of the two men wound down the window halfway and started vomiting — half, he said, went outside, but half was inside the taxi.
Ng said he told them he would drive them to a petrol kiosk to clean up the mess they had made, but they allegedly refused, and initially tried to clean it with some wet tissues Ng had in the vehicle.
After they failed in their endeavour, Ng claimed they just hopped out of the cab and walked off without paying Ng the fare, which came to just under $10.
He said he followed them, preventing them from getting on two other cabs and eventually lost them at around Cantonment Road. The entire encounter took place over about 20 minutes, Ng said, adding that he had called the police five times during the course of the incident.
(Expat #1 comes close to Ng before the latter appears to fall to the ground)
Ng: Now you push me. Now you push me (I) fall down. Ahh... Ah, now you push me (I) fall down. You assaulted me.
Never mind, I ask the police.
Expat #1: Look in the f**king cab.
Ng: I ask the police to come.
Never mind, I already video(ed), the whole video that you assaulted me.
While walking, the two expats spoke what sounds like German to each other.
No response from SPF for 20 mins
Ng also claimed that over about 20 minutes, he had called the 999 police emergency hotline a total of five times, but no one arrived at the scene to assist him.
He also posted this screenshot from his phone to show this:
Police busy hunting for driver
The truth is, they had turned up within 13 minutes and had spent the rest of the time hunting for Ng.
From Lim Teck Kim Road, they ended up at Duxton Road eventually.
We checked with the police, and here's their account of what happened:
"On 4 February 2018 at 2.25am, a taxi driver reported to the Police that he had been assaulted by a passenger along Lim Teck Kim Road. The Police would like to clarify that the officers arrived at Lim Teck Kim Road within 13 minutes but the taxi driver was not at the location, as he had left to follow the passenger. The officers then searched for the taxi driver based on the updated locations he had subsequently provided, before eventually locating him back at Lim Teck Kim Road.
The Police are treating this as a case of Voluntarily Causing Hurt, and investigations are ongoing."
The good thing is, confusion and chasing aside, the police was clear in their stance against abuse of public transport providers, stating that they will take stern action against anyone who disregards the law.
Also, anyone convicted of Voluntarily Causing Hurt faces a jail term that may extend to two years, or a fine of up to $5,000, or both.