Dear A.S.S. Editor

One morning I dropped off my passenger at Sengkang, and intended to return to Marina Bay Cruise center for more business. Approaching a bus stop, I noticed an elderly woman who waved at my cab. I stopped for her to board the taxi. She told me “Tan Tock Seng Hospital”.

As I drove off she said she couldn’t lift her arms when she woke up in the morning. I saw from the rear mirror she had tears in her eyes. I suspected she had a mild stroke. She instructed me to visit the ATM for her to draw money to pay for the taxi fare.

I asked her if she had any children, she said she had one son who went to work. I got angry and started to lecture her. I said “your son should take you to the hospital in an ambulance. What happens if you fell sick in my taxi? I cannot save you”. I drove as fast as i could to reach TTSH but she was rather concerned about paying for the taxi fare, instead of her own well-being.

I told her that she cannot even walk properly and don’t worry about the taxi fare. When we reached TTSH I asked two hospital staff to use a wheelchair to help her. I told her “don’t worry about the fare, it’s free for you, you worry about your health, ok”. She thanked me and said she wanted to pay me, while I was more worried about driving to Premier HQ to get my taxi repaired (another taxi hit the rear of my cab at the airport).

I am telling you this story because in our line of work, there may be people who need our help and the last thing on my mind on that day was about the taxi fare ($27). I was really concerned for that lady. I knew she was really sick. I hope she is ok now.

R Tan

A.S.S. Contributor

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