SINGAPORE - A taxi driver who turned around to ask for the cab fare suddenly felt and saw a cleaver pressed against his neck. The cleaver was held by his passenger.
Mr Pang Tee Ann, 63, had picked up the passenger from Geylang Lorong 15 at around 4am on Wednesday, reported Shin Min Daily News.
He stopped his taxi at Eunos MRT Station to let the passenger off.
"When I stopped the meter and turned around to ask for the cab fare, I was shocked to find a cleaver against my neck," said Mr Pang, who was shaking in fear when the passenger told him not to make any sudden movements.
He told Shin Min that the passenger said: "I just want money, I don't want to hurt you. I have no choice."
So he took out around $50 and passed it to the man. But the man told him that it was not enough and asked for more.
Mr Pang felt the cleaver pressed even more firmly against his neck.
He was worried that the man would hurt him, so he opened his wallet and gave the man all the money he had, around $280.
"He took the money, got out of the taxi and walked casually towards the MRT.
"I locked the taxi doors and when he was a distance away, I called the police," said Mr Pang.
It was only after the police arrived that Mr Pang found out that another taxi driver had been robbed of $14, at 11pm the day before.
Mr Pang described his attacker as a tall, fair man in his 40s wearing a black shirt.
He said the police told him the attacker's description was similar to the man in the earlier incident.