Dancer claims GrabHitch driver touched her after praising her 'super legs'

Dancer claims GrabHitch driver touched her after praising her 'super legs'
Photos from Rocio Yap Facebook shows her on the left and the GrabHitch fare booking.
PHOTO: Facebook

A GrabHitch driver allegedly touched the legs of a professional dancer as he uttered the words: "You have super legs."

The passenger, Rocio Yap Jia Han, was so incensed with his behaviour that she lodged a complaint with Grab ride-hailing company as soon as she got off the car yesterday morning (June 1).

Writing on Facebook shortly after the incident, she said she plonked herself down in the front seat when she began the ride at Marina Boulevard. But when the car arrived at her Beach Road destination, the driver allegedly molested her as she was in the midst of making payment.

The former Raffles Institution (Junior College) student said in her post that she would normally take the front seat as GrabHitch drivers are Singaporeans just "like you and me".

Although the man "seemed a little dodgy", she still sat in front after telling herself not to "judge a book by its cover".

"He was okay (sic) 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," she wrote.

on Facebook

Today I was molested by my GrabHitch driver. I generally sit in front for hitch cos they aren't grab drivers but just...

Posted by Rocio Yap Jia Han on Thursday, 1 June 2017
Rocio shows her bill which also shows photos of the driver and his vehicle, both of which were shaded in a few areas.Photo: Rocio Yap Facebook

Nightmare begins during payment time

As she tried to reach for her bag, which was under the seat, her leg somehow touched his hand, which was on the gear stick, as the "space was very (sic) tight".

"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". When she let out an incredulous "what?", he repeated what he had just said: "You have super legs."

Feeling more agitated, she said: "Huh?". But the driver continued to be obsessed by her legs as he flashed "a really creepy smile" and said: "I think your legs are really sexy."

"I shot back (with) 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 even (sic) longer...and said "I really.. love your legs".

"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," wrote Rocio, whose post has since been shared more than 2,100 times.

Driver suspended

Giving an update hours after her post, she said she was informed by Grab that the driver had been suspended and that the company would be making a police report.

Separately, Yap would be making a police report too, she said.

Her agony did not end there.

The irony was that the driver tried to reach her on her mobile phone while Grab was informing her that the company had told him not to contact her any more, the dancer revealed.

"Obviously I did not pick up. The operator from Grab then assured me by helping me contact him to remind him not to call me again," she wrote in her post update.

chenj@sph.com.sg

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