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It’s the bane of all drivers — a car that’s parked too close for comfort.

On Tuesday (Oct 1), a displeased driver was forced to climb out from her Mazda at a carpark in Marina Bay Sands because the Volvo next to her car was not “parked properly”.

She even left a handwritten note for the other driver: “I think you need to learn how to park properly especially when the parking lots here are extremely limited.”

“I had to get out from the other side (of my car). Thanks!”

Her note sounded polite but the woman ranted in an Instagram story: “(I) was so pissed off that I had to climb over the other side and there’s f***ing limited lots here.”

But it looks like the lady might be the one in need of some guidance herself.

1oct2019mbs b4 carparklady driver of mazda mx5 #SGT7168R parked left of volvo #SLJ6595R camcar & left a note, nope, its not her number but a do park properly note.when herself parked in a non parking lot. 🤦‍♂️

Posted by SG Road Vigilante – SGRV on Selasa, 1 Oktober 2019

1oct2019 mbs b4 carpark lady driver of mazda mx5 #SGT7168R parked left of volvo #SLJ6595R camcar & left a note, nope,…Posted by SG Road Vigilante – SGRV on Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Dashcam footage posted on Facebook page SG Road Vigilante revealed that she had reversed her blue sports car into the space between the black sedan and a pillar.

It was a tight squeeze but she managed to pull it off. She then exited her car and snapped several photos of the Volvo before she left a note on its windscreen and walked away.

It turns out that the spot where she parked her car was not a parking lot — it had neither floor marking nor lot number.

Now that this driver’s folly is out there for all to see, will a traffic ticket come her way soon?

The woman had reversed her blue sports car into the space between the black sedan and a pillar. PHOTO: Facebook/SG Road Vigilante

While many netizens are amused by the parking blunder, a Facebook user, who also drives a Mazda two-seater, said it isn’t unreasonable for the female driver to mistake the space for a parking lot.

She wrote: “The ‘lot’ was once an actual lot. But when they widened the columns, one out of three lots was removed, they used dark grey paint to ‘remove’ the lot but the overhead indicators were never removed and it was lit up in green to indicate an empty lot.

“Because of how low the MX5 is, and the fact that they don’t come with seats with adjustable height, it can be hard to see the lines clearly, unless you’re very tall.” 

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A Rolls-Royce driver who blocked emergency vehicles’ access to a Beijing hospital after a row with security has apologised for her actions.

The woman, surnamed Shan, faced extensive criticism after footage of the incident went viral on social media.

She had tried to enter the Beijing Obstetrics and Gynaecology Hospital on Wednesday though an entrance reserved for ambulances and other emergency services when she was stopped by security.

She refused their request to use another entrance where vehicles were queuing to enter the car park and instead stayed put for over an hour.

She was later filmed arguing with police when they were called to the scene.

“You must be supportive of police work unconditionally!” the police officer was seen shouting at the woman.

“I don’t have the obligation to support police work unconditionally,” Shan replied. “I tell you I simply won’t move my car now.”

She eventually agreed to move the vehicle and was fined for illegal parking – then later issued a tearful public apology in a video interview with The Beijing News after footage of the incident started circulating on social media.

She said she was running late for an appointment and feared she was going to miss the chance to see a doctor.

She added that she had been feeling unwell and suspected she was pregnant.

“I made a mistake. I made a mistake indeed,” said the woman. “I shouldn’t have caused so much trouble to the security guard and police … I threw a tantrum and I apologise to everybody for my bad temper.”

She denied that she came from an influential and family background and that insisted her family ran a private business and the car was owned by a friend, but declined to give further information.

The incident follows the sacking of a police chief in Chongqing in southwest China after footage of a road rage incident involving his Porsche-driving wife prompted a public outcry.

Tong Xiaohua was also placed under investigation for possible violations of discipline after his wife Li Yue became involved in a physical confrontation with another motorist.

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Grab, Gojek cracking down on such apps, which also put customer data at risk

Some private-hire drivers here are using modified apps of ride-hailing firms such as Grab and Gojek to cheat the system.

Bootleg versions of these apps allow drivers to bypass verification, fake their location, cancel jobs without being penalised and, in some cases, view private customer information.

The New Paper understands that some drivers have been caught and penalised with warnings and suspensions.

Checks by TNP found a thriving online community dedicated to hacking and modifying these apps.

Some people are also offering their services on online forums and messaging apps to drivers who lack the technical expertise to do it themselves.

One such advertisement touted such services at a monthly rate of $350 for the Grab Driver app and $200 for the Gojek app.

PHOTO: Facebook/Boon Tat Tan

Last week, Facebook user Boon Tat Tan alleged that some Grab drivers were using hacked apps to cancel and decline rides without consequence, or collude to force a pricing surge for higher fares.

He told TNP that drivers like himself needed to work for more than 12 hours to earn $200 a day before factoring in other costs, but users of the modified apps could earn more while working fewer hours.

When contacted, Grab and Gojek said they were aware of such abuse, which they described as fraud.

A Grab spokesman said it takes fraud seriously and has dedicated data scientists focusing on anti-fraud efforts.

“We want to ensure fairness for all our driver-partners and will not hesitate to suspend bad actors who exhibit fraudulent behaviour on our platform,” the spokesman added.

A Gojek spokesman said it will take swift action such as suspending errant drivers and reporting them to the authorities.

Both firms did not reveal the number of drivers caught.

Cybersecurity firm Group-IB’s head of research and development Alexander Lazarenko warned that modified apps can compromise customer safety.

He said such apps not only unfairly benefit drivers by letting them cherry-pick passengers and jump the queue, but they could also lead to customers’ personal data being compromised, or malicious code being introduced to spy on them.

REVERSE ENGINEERED APPS

Though Grab and Gojek constantly update the apps to prevent abuse, there are ways to hack them again.

“It is relatively easy to reverse engineer an app now,” Mr Lazarenko said.

“Even if the source code is obfuscated, the app is not 100 per cent secure and resilient. Reverse engineering it is just a matter of time.”

He said the ride-hailing firms need to adopt solutions such as device fingerprinting and anti-fraud functionality to allow them to identify mobile devices with malicious apps.

Such functions would likely block access to all variations of the app except the most updated version.

The proliferation of bootleg apps has led Grab to offer its driver-partners up to US$1,000 (S$1,350) for information on fraud cases under its Fair Play Rewards Programme.

Mr James Ow Yong of Kalco Law warned that those who use or modify such apps could be breaking the law.

Modifying the apps to cancel rides without being detected or to spoof locations is an offence under the Computer Misuse Act that carries a fine of up to $10,000, jail for up to three years, or both, he said.

If the operator’s loss exceeds $10,000 within a year of the offence, the offender may face enhanced penalties of a fine of up to $50,000, jail for up to seven years, or both.

Those who illegally access protected data, such as phone numbers and payment details of customers, on the app can be fined up to $5,000, jailed for up to two years, or both.

If they accessed the information to commit an offence, they can be fined up to $50,000, jailed for up to 10 years, or both.

Mr Ow Yong said those who modified the app for others to break the law could be convicted of abetment and face similar penalties.

“While innocently appearing to ‘game’ the system, these actions can cause significant loss to service providers such as Grab and the public at large.

“It is in essence cheating and it is only a matter of time before the law catches up,” he added.

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All people are the same – this was the message that ex-Grab driver Fadhli Sahar was hoping to spread with his Facebook post that has since been shared over 3,400 times.

People have been praising him for his kindness after he told the story of the time he picked up three Bangladeshis who had been rejected by three drivers for being “smelly”.

In Fadhli’s June 25 post, he said when he first started driving as a private-hire driver for Grab, people told him to reject bookings from Bangladeshis as they were said to have body odour that would linger in his car.

One afternoon, he accepted a booking for a RM40 ride. When he arrived at the pick-up point, he saw three Bangladeshi workers who appeared to be security guards. Despite the negative stereotypes, he decided to pick them up.

Throughout the ride, Fadhli tried to adjust his air-conditioner settings and rolled down the window several times, attempting to get rid of his passengers’ body odour.

One of the passengers noticed Fadhli’s discomfort. He wrote, “He knew that something was wrong when he saw me. Sometimes, I covered my nose with my shirt, frequently lowered down the window and changed the (air-conditioner) mode… I think he knew that I was not comfortable with them.”

The Bangladeshi asked Fadhli repeatedly if he was comfortable with them in his car and shared that three other drivers had cancelled on them before he picked them up.

Believing that it would be rude and offensive to comment on body odour, Fadhli reassured them that he was okay and kept a positive attitude throughout the ride.

When they reached their destination, his passengers handed RM100 to him and refused to take the change.

Fadhli was stunned and immediately tried to return the amount to them. His customers at the time would normally tip him about one to two ringgit. To receive RM50 as a tip was unheard of.

The men told Fadhli to accept the tip as they were thankful for the ride. They also shared that it was a daily occurrence for drivers to reject them.

Fadhli summed up his post by advocating respect for everyone, saying “Even they are immigrants but they are still human. They have feelings, emotions and thoughts. Something that we must respect on all people.

“Until now, I don’t understand why some drivers are choosy about their passengers based on appearance. If it is your job, just get it done. All people (sic) are the same.”

Fadhli’s post garnered positive reactions and praise from Facebook users. Some private-hire drivers took the opportunity to share their own experiences.

Contrary to negative stereotypes that some may have of foreign workers, comments said that foreign workers were the most generous with tips.

Photo: Facebook/Fadhli Sahar
Photo: Facebook/Fadhli Sahar
“My contact who has driven for Grab says the biggest tip he got is RM40 from a Bangladeshi.”
Photo: Facebook/Fadhli Sahar

Others focused on spreading positivity and speaking out against xenophobic attitudes.

Photo: Facebook/Fadhli Sahar
Photo: Facebook/Fadhli Sahar
Photo: Facebook/Fadhli Sahar

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Three men took a Grab Premium ride but evaded payment, prompting their driver to chase after them on foot for 1km.

According to Shin Min Daily News, the incident occurred outside Boon Keng MRT station on Monday (May 6), at around 2.10am.

Mr Hong, 45, shared dashcam footage on Facebook, showing three men running away from the rear of his Grab car. He said they had evaded their fare and fled.

According to Mr Hong, the trio had booked a six-seater Grab Premium ride from McDonald’s East Coast Park to Boon Keng MRT station for $53.

He told Shin Min: “Upon reaching their destination, they asked me how much the ride was while opening the car door. They then ran off without paying.”

Mr Hong immediately got down from his vehicle, locked its doors and gave chase.

He chased after them for around 1km, to a construction site in the Kallang area.

“One of the men ran till he was panting,” said Mr Hong.

“I called Grab while chasing after the men and was told that the company would reimburse the fare to me, so I stopped my pursuit.”

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A street cleaner in eastern China who was filmed complaining about the hefty fines he had to pay for the cigarette ends found littering his section of road has won a hearing for his case and the support of internet users, social media site Pear Video said on Tuesday.

In the video taken on Saturday, the elderly man from Zhengzhou in Henan province claimed that he was once fined 260 yuan (S$50) – 7 yuan (about US$8) per cigarette end – from an 86 yuan per day pay packet.

“Today, I had to clean up five or six thousand cigarette butts,” the man said in the video while working outside a subway station.

“All the fines come out of my salary. This month they docked me a few hundred yuan.”

The man blamed littering on unauthorised taxi drivers who throw cigarette ends into the street.

“These black cab drivers come here every day, again and again. They never stop coming here,” the cleaner was quoted as saying.

Pear Video spoke to other street cleaners in Zhengzhou, who confirmed that they were fined 7 yuan per cigarette butt found after cleaning.

However, city authorities denied that the penalty system was strictly enforced and blamed overzealous monitoring officers.

“[Management patrol] will say things like this because they want to supervise the street cleaners. But there are no detailed written guidelines, and this was never formally implemented,” a representative from the Zhengzhou City Management Command Centre was quoted as saying in the report.

“It is just for the purpose of verbal supervision and encouragement.”

The Zhengzhou official said the centre would investigate further and speak to the street cleaners about fines.

The video stirred up angry reactions on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like platform.

“When [Pear Video] investigated they say it hasn’t been implemented. If they didn’t investigate, they would have just carried on giving fines,” read one comment that attracted more than 17,000 likes.

Street cleaners in China often earn meagre salaries for gruelling manual labour for long periods of time.

Last month, it emerged that more than 500 street cleaners in the city of Nanjing were ordered to wear GPS tracking bracelets that would alert authorities if they stayed in the same place for more than 20 minutes. The manufacturer removed the feature after a backlash inside and outside China.

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Being a Grab driver is a good way to earn extra cash. That’s why so many people are doing it!

You meet people from all walks of life – super friendly ones that make your journey worthwhile, and sometimes ones that test your patience. But hey, that’s part of the fun of it right?

Well, a Grab driver has certainly caught everybody’s attention lately.

A post that was posted in Facebook group Miri Community gained a whopping 3.2k shares in just under 24 hours. It’s captioned,

“It’s a funny and very innovative way for a Grab driver to introduce himself.”

Along the post were these two images:

Yes, the Grab driver actually hands out a printed A4 paper to his passengers introducing himself. He describes how he may be a very quiet guy, but also, actually very hilarious.

He even lists several ride types that are available to the passengers, of which are “the silent ride”, “therapy ride”, and “friendly ride”. Give this man a cookie lah!

Netizens who saw the post expressed how genius this idea is and some wish they could have him as a Grab driver.

“He looks so innocent and humble.. I would love to be in his ride as i prefer silent ride,” one commentor wrote.

“Looks to me like he’s a nice guy and nice to chat with,” another said.

Well, have you ever had an interesting Grab ride like this? Or have you done something this unique as a Grab driver yourself? Share your experiences with us in our comments section!

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A man in central China who allowed his unleashed dog to run around a bus is suspected of assaulting the driver after he was told to get off.

Driver Li Jian was working on the 168 route in Hunan’s provincial capital, Changsha, on Monday when he noticed a dog on board. He stopped the bus, opened the doors and told the owner to take the dog and get off, the Xiaoxiang Morning Herald reported.

The owner ran towards Li, grabbed him by his neck and began hitting him in the face. Passengers came to Li’s assistance and he managed to call the police, the report said.

“I just wanted him to take the dog off the bus. Just this sentence, I didn’t say anything else,” Li was quoted as saying.

Li received treatment at Changsha Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital. He was diagnosed with a misaligned vertebrae, the Changsha Evening News reported.

In a photo taken by the Xiaoxiang Morning Herald at the hospital, Li was seen wearing a neck brace and had tubes in his nostrils to help him breathe. The injuries could take two months to heal, the Changsha report said.

Li had driven route 168 for several years and was a responsible driver, Chen Hongbing from Longxiang Bus, which operates the service, told Changsha Evening News. The company said it will support Li while he recuperated.

The dog owner is being investigated by the police, both papers reported.

Animals that affect the safety, health and comfort of others are banned from public buses in Changsha, with the only dogs permitted being guide dogs and police dogs, the Xiaoxiang Morning Herald reported.

Users of China’s Weibo social media site accused the dog owner of endangering public safety.

“He must be charged with endangering public security and punished severely,” a user from Sichuan province wrote.

Passenger assault on bus drivers has become a problem in China. In October 2018, a scuffle between a passenger and driver led to a bus in Chongqing veering off course on a bridge and plunging into the Yangtze River, killing all 15 on board.

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SINGAPORE (ANN): A Gojek driver, whose video of himself arguing with passengers was heavily circulated on social media, apologised on Saturday (March 30) and lodged a police report in relation to the incident the same day.

On Sunday, Gojek said it had concluded its internal investigations into the incident and resolved the matter between both parties, but other investigations are still ongoing.

The latest incident comes just two months after a heated exchange between another Gojek driver and his passenger, who accused the former of kidnapping her, went viral on Facebook.

On Saturday, footage taken from inside the car of the driver in the latest incident began circulating on social media.

In the seven-minute clip, the driver, who later identified himself on Facebook as Aaron Heng, can be seen arguing with his elderly passengers over the fare for their ride.

The male passenger appears to be on the phone with Gojek’s customer support, telling them that when he booked the ride, the fare indicated was $14.10 (RM42).

However, Heng repeatedly claims that his app showed the fare as $21.10 (RM63).

As the video progresses, the exchange gets more heated, with Heng telling his passengers several times to not “waste (his) time”, and interrupting the man’s attempts to speak on the phone.

At one point, the man tells Heng: “I’m not saying you, I’m not arguing with you, I’m just telling the people…”

But he is cut off by Heng, who raises his voice and says: “Then you don’t waste my time! For $7 (RM21), you want to… I’m driving to earn my incentive, you know?”

The man suggests that Heng let him and the woman alight, but Heng says that he cannot cancel the ride. Later, he says that cancelling a ride will affect his acceptance rates.

During the exchange, Heng also asks the man if he drives a Mercedes, and comments: “I’m not a millionaire like you.”

The woman attempts to calm Mr Heng down, patting his shoulder. The man also tells Heng: “I’m not saying you (are wrong), I’m saying Gojek is wrong.”

However, Heng continues to raise his voice at the pair, telling them: “Don’t make your problem to be my problem.”

He tells the pair that they are “kicking up a fuss”, and also says he has a recording of the incident.

“Don’t worry, I’ll make it very big. Trust me, brother… If you can find on Facebook, I’ll make sure I’ll remember you,” he says.

At the end of the video, Heng’s passengers agree to pay him $21 (RM63) and say they will sort the issue out with Gojek.

On Saturday afternoon, Heng posted a statement on Facebook, in which he said he has “nothing against the elderly, especially the poor and the aged”.

He claimed that, shortly after picking the pair up, he discovered there was a discrepancy in the price displayed on his app and the fare they were told to pay.

Heng said that his male passenger had “suddenly gotten irritated” and insisted that he alight.

Heng added that after driving to a small road where he could stop his vehicle and allow the couple to call Gojek and alight, he told them that he would be recording the incident in case he was accused of overcharging them.

He wrote: “I cannot afford to lose this job. I’ve mouths to feed. (I behaved) in such a manner because I was accused of overcharging the passenger. I did not. It is the system.

“I am just trying to hit my incentives, as the fares are already low. The pressure is immense. The terms are challenging. I’m facing a lot of stress to meet the targets.”

Heng then apologised for his behaviour, stating that he was “unnecessarily rude”, “not respectful” and did not explain himself clearly.

“I pray for a chance to make good,” he wrote.

About four hours before writing his apology post, Heng had lodged a police report on the incident.

In a copy of the report, which was uploaded on Facebook page SG Road Vigilante, Heng said he had sent the video to a Whatsapp group chat to ask for advice on the situation.

He named the people in the group chat and asked the police to look into the matter and advise him on the actions he should take.

The police confirmed on Sunday that a report was lodged on the matter.

A spokesman for Gojek said that the company looked into the case as soon as it was brought to their attention, and had resolved the matter between the driver and his passengers.

The spokesman added that while Gojek concluded its own internal investigations into the incident, another investigation is ongoing and it would not be appropriate to comment further.

The spokesman said: “We want everyone to have a good experience when they use our services, which is why we do not tolerate impolite behaviour by any of our users, be they driver-partners or riders.

30mar2019updated the driver had been id to be Aaron Hengwhom had no intention to post the video but was play out by his whatsapp grp chat friendshttps://www.facebook.com/1631826980245346/posts/2140384729389566?sfns=mohere we have a self entitled gojerk driver which totally lack customer service & lost the plot.if you’re so unhappy with gojek, please do not drive for them.taking it out on the old couples which is trying to adapt to new tech is not the way to go.the old couple agreed to pay but will take it up with gojek later, which is proper.but you have to kickup such a fuss.video record & upload trying to shame them.by the way. its illegal to record incar footage unless driver have permission/ approval from lta

Posted by SG Road Vigilante – SGRV on Jumaat, 29 Mac 2019

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It’s so sad to hear that girls are still being victimised by people who take upskirt videos.

Uber driver from China was caught with over 800 upskirt videos of his passengers on his phone. The driver, Wong Yiu Long, 44, pleaded guilty in court and admitted that he had installed several hidden cameras in his car to capture the footage.

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Wong was caught when he was driving a passenger on September 8 last year. The 28-year-old victim mentioned that Wong used the alias “Chun Kit” and was driving a Toyota seven-seater. He was driving her from Tsim Sha Tsui to City One, Sha Tin when the victim fell asleep.

As he was driving, a group of policemen stopped Wong for a breathalyzer test. He failed the test on his first try and was brought to a police vehicle for a more accurate assessment. An officer then got into Wong’s car to drive it to the side of the road but as he sat on the driver’s seat, he noticed a phone live-streaming footage of the victim’s upskirt. After further investigation, the police found a total of 883 upskirt videos of Wong’s passengers on his phone. The police then managed to locate two pinhole cameras that were hidden at the rear of the car’s front seats.

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Wong, who is also married and has a son, worked as an Uber driver to cover his debts and said that he only took upskirt videos out of curiosity. Uhm, what. He said that the videos recorded were never distributed as it was only for his own personal collection. He would also look at the live-stream whenever he stops at a red light.

Acting Chief Magistrate, So Wai Tak has since remanded Wong in custody until his sentence on March 21. Although Wong passed the breathalyzer test, he has been arrested for taking illicit footage.

We hope that people would stop this perverted act as it violates both the law and the respect that women deserve. If you witness anyone taking upskirt videos or pictures, please do not hesitate to call them out or even report the incident to the police.

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