Yet another Grab driver has been accused of inappropriately touching a female passenger after she fell asleep during a ride.
The woman, Vivian Ng, shared on Facebook this afternoon that a GrabHitch driver who gave her a ride recently touched her inappropriately after she dozed off in the front passenger seat. Sharing a photo of the driver’s Grab profile, Ng wrote:
“HEY FRIENDS, WATCH OUT FOR THIS GRABHITCH DRIVER. He had the audacity to touch my thighs while i was sleeping and made suggestive comments. Shame on you for thinking there’re no consequences for your actions. I hope the police finds you soon”
Ng added in a subsequent clarification:
“For those who thought he was trying to wake me up, this happened while we were on the highway. I felt his hand on my thigh so i woke up. At first I thought it was just an accident so pushed his hand away. He insistently pushed his hand towards me. After i told him that i have a boyfriend, his exact words were “he don’t have to know”. I don’t see how this could be a misunderstanding. Also, I have more than enough cash to pay for the ride. Before I exited the car, he apologised for what he did and said that I was too hard to resist.”
Another netizen commenting on the matter shared what appears to be a screenshot of a text conversation with the Grab driver, “Colin”. In the conversation, “Colin” explained that he was only reaching over to take something from the glove compartment, when his hand brushed Ng’s thigh:
Grab is apparently investigating the incident, according to Ng who has also lodged a police report over the matter.
“Colin” is not the first GrabHitch driver to have been accused of inappropriately touching a passenger, nor is he the first Grab driver to have been accused of molesting a passenger while she was asleep.
On 24 Nov last year, a GrabCar driver was sentenced to 16 months’ jail today for kissing a 21-year-old customer, touching her breasts, inserting his hand into her jeans and undergarment, and making her touch him after she fell asleep in his car.
The victim, a student, had hailed a private-hire vehicle in the wee hours of 23 Sept 2016 after a particularly busy day of classes and football. 64-year-old Ng Seng Chye picked the student up shortly after she booked a ride at 4.30am and proceeded to drive her to her home. The trip would have taken 20 minutes.
Exhausted and having had 4 beers shortly before, the student fell asleep in the car. When the driver reached her home and could not wake her up, he took advantage of her and sexually assaulted her.
The victim only awoke when she felt the driver leaning against her body and stroking her thigh and caressing her body:
On 1 June last year, Rocio Yap, a professional dancer, said in her Facebook that she was molested by a GrabHitch driver:
“Today I was molested by my GrabHitch driver.
“I generally sit in front for hitch cos they aren’t grab drivers but just random Singaporeans like you and me, on the way to somewhere and pick people along their route for extra cash.. He seemed a little dodgy but I thought I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover so I just sat in front. He was ok the whole way, just normal conversation on how to get there and I was busy settling emails on my phone so I didn’t make much conversation. I barely made eye contact.
“When I reached my destination, I had to get cash out for the guy so I had reach to my bag under the seat to get my wallet. Space was v tight so my leg kena his hand which was on the gear stick.. I quickly pulled to the side and said sorry. Then while I was looking down he quickly touched my leg and said “you have super legs”. I thought I heard wrong/ accidentally hit me cos the space was tight. So I was like “what?” and he replied “you have super legs”. At this point i replied “huh?” and u can tell I’m super annoyed. Then he replied “I think your legs are really sexy” with a really creepy smile. I shot back a very disgusted “okay..” And tried to settle the payment as fast as I could. When it was settled I just said “thanks” while I grabbed my things and he took the opportunity to stroke my leg a longer while this time and said “I really.. love your legs” and he had this fucking creepy smile. I was honestly in shock and I didn’t want to do or say anything in case he locked me in the car or anything so I quickly just rushed out and slammed the door…”