I love cab drivers! :)

Have been reading a lot about errant taxi drivers in the Singapore newspapers in the last week or so… I think there must be some pretty dodgy taxi drivers out there… especially in my home country Malaysia… but I thought with all the bad press about taxi drivers, it warrants a writeup about 2 extremely nice taxi drivers that I have met… πŸ™‚

Taxi Uncle #1

Brought my babe to United Square for his playgroup. When we were done, it was raining, and we hailed a cab. Told uncle that I lived quite nearby actually. Uncle said, “Don’t worry, near then near lo… money also ma…” When we reached home, uncle took the effort to reverse into the shelter. “Slowly, slowly, take your time. Money is yours then yours. Don’t worry!” “Check that you have everything hor! Don’t hurry!”

In my hurry, fumbling with the umbrella etc., I forgot to check thoroughly before I left the cab… and sure enough, I realised later that I have misplaced one of babe’s shoes! And it’s not any shoe… it’s the Osh Kosh shoes that his gong-gong and po-po bought him which cost $39…! (I would have never bought him such expensive shoes…, anyway…) Made a report to Lost & Found, but did not have high hopes.

Later in the night, found out from the domestic helper that Uncle actually came back and return babe’s shoes at about 5.30pm. I figured that he was changing shifts then. And he actually bothered to come back to return a shoe… I mean… wow! I am truly grateful to the uncle!

So, babe is back to wearing his Osh Kosh shoes again… hehe! πŸ™‚

Taxi Uncle #2

After a long weekend, I took the cab to work. Was having a chat with the uncle about his work, his family etc. Very impressive, all his kids are graduates. And he was sharing with me his work motto etc.

As we approach the destination, I realised… oops! I did not have enough cash in my wallet… spent all my cash over the weekend, and did not have an opportunity to withdraw money from the ATM.

Then I said, “Oh no uncle… I do not have enough money to pay you… I give you everything that I have ok?” Then he said, “Aiyah, it’s ok. Money is not everything. You just give me whatever you have lo.” I think I paid him almost $2 short. Considering the cab fare was $7, that’s close to 30% of the fare…

So nice of him right? Did not grumble or complain or scold me. πŸ™‚ Lesson learnt… must check my wallet before I leave the house. πŸ™‚

So, even though there are many errant cab drivers out there, there are many that are very nice too! πŸ™‚

What about you? Do you have any stories of your encounters with cab drivers to share? πŸ™‚

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4 thoughts on “I love cab drivers! :)

  1. i went to the snow mountain in melbourne last winter, and was carrying heavy snow gears while walking back to my apartment. a 4-wheel-car taxi driver saw me and offered a free lift for me since he was going to same way, and offered to helped me to carry the stuff to the apartment (which is at a distance from the road). really really nice chap!


  2. This happened about a decade ago. I was fresh out of school and on the way to attend an open house in one of the tertiary institutions. I took a bus but dropped at the wrong stop so lost my way.

    I hailed a cab, even though I realised later it was just a short distance away. The cabbie picked me up and started talking to me about my future, his kids and advise on how I should plan for my future.

    Even though the journey lasted only about five minutes or so, the cabbie was so enthusiastic that he dropped me right at the entrance of the school. And he refused to take a single cent! I saw later that when he picked me up, he switched off his meter as he wanted to give me a ride knowing I wanted to go for the open house.

    It is drivers like these that make me want to keep taking cabs, despite some nasty experiences!


  3. Hi Celia,

    Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

    Guess like anything in life, there will be some positive experiences and some not so positive experiences. Many a times, I think it is also our mindset and attitude. There are always different perspectives in everything. By changing our perspectives, things might actually not look so bad after all. πŸ™‚ That’s how I usually deal with not so nice taxi drivers… hehe!


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