GrabHitch driver gives S'pore lady free ride after finding out her struggles as PMD delivery rider

The lady is a single mother with a 10-month-old child.

Fasiha Nazren| November 12, 04:14 PM

Sometimes, GrabHitch drivers don't get a good rep because of drivers like this:

But of course, that doesn't mean all GrabHitch drivers are nasty.

On Nov. 8, Nini Fazree shared her pleasant experience with a GrabHitch driver on Facebook.

Nini had booked a hitch to travel from Toh Guan to her home in Hougang.

A check on the app shows that the trip costs S$14.

Shared new woes as food delivery person

In a bid to break the ice, the driver named Derek asked Nini what she was working as.

She answered an said that she does food delivery for GrabFood.

This, of course, sparked another conversation about how e-scooters have been banned on public footpaths.

As someone who uses an e-scooter herself, Nini shared her situation as a single mother trying to make ends meet for her 10-month-old son.

And according to her, Derek seemed to empathise with her problems:

"He really understand my situation as a single parents (sic) finding money for my 10-month-old son. He also shared his opinion about my situation as the ban was a sudden news."

PMD banned since Nov. 5

In case you're unaware, the announcement of the PMD ban was announced on Nov. 4, just a day before the ban was implemented.

After the advisory period ends on Dec. 31, all users caught riding e-scooters on public footpaths will face fines of up to S$2,000 and/or imprisonment of up to three months.

Food delivery riders have reportedly seen a loss of income due to frequent cancelled orders caused by the longer distance needed to travel following the ban.

Refused to let her pay

When they finally reached her destination, Nini was ready to take out some cash to pay for her fare.

However, Derek refused to take her money and apparently said:

"Never mind, just keep it for your son."

According to Nini, she was very touched by his gesture as she didn't expect a free ride and for someone to understand her struggles as a single parent amidst the PMD ban.

Now, Nini is hoping to find Derek on Facebook to thank him personally for his "kind-hearted action".

You can read her full post here.

Top image screenshot from Nini Fazree's Facebook page