SINGAPORE —A food delivery rider in Orchard Road was confronted by a man who claimed he was not a Singaporean or permanent resident, and therefore was not allowed to deliver food.
The video was posted to SG Road Vigilante’s Facebook grouplast Friday (10 March) and has since garnered over 40,000 views.
Rider begged video-taking man to stop
In the 1 minute 42 seconds video, the rider, dressed in a blue top, was seen covering his face and appeared to be crying as another man behind the camera raises his voice.
“You stand your distance,” the other man yelled, while the rider responded, “I’m begging you.”
Despite this, the man continued to film, moved his phone to reveal the licence plate on the rider’s motorised bicycle, and said, “Illegal rider, doing our local delivery job.”
“You’re not supposed to come to Singapore (to) do this; our jobs are getting (fewer) because of you,” the man continued to accuse the rider.
In addition to taking a video of the food, he demanded to see the delivery receipt and showed it to the camera. The man then threatened to call the police if the rider didn’t show his profile or name to him on the Foodpanda rider app.
It is still unclear if the rider is a Singaporean or a foreigner.
According to the Foodpanda website, one must be a Singaporean or permanent resident (PR) to ride with them. This is also a requirement for both GrabFood and Deliveroo food delivery riders.
Netizens condemn humiliation of rider
Netizens have condemned the man for humiliating the rider, and have expressed sympathy towards the rider, whom they claimed was just trying to make a living.
Facebook user, A.j Kasetyo, questioned the video’s purpose.”There was no need to humiliate him, Everyone is trying to survive in these hard times,” he commented.
Another user, Jaemi Jin, asked if anyone knew the rider in the video.”If we can help assist or donate to him in any way. After all, he’s just trying to earn a rice bowl,” she said.
Some users have also described the actions of the man who filmed the rider as “disgusting.”
Yahoo News Singapore has reached out to Foodpanda for more details on this incident.
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