'I felt worried for him': Woman sees food delivery rider sighing before braving heavy rain in Balestier

PHOTO: Facebook/Petrina Ng

While many of us work from the comfort of our homes in the rainy weather, food delivery rider often find themselves having to brave the elements so we can fill our stomachs.

A woman, Petrina Ng, took to Facebook on Monday (July 11) to post about her encounter with a food delivery rider in Balestier. She shared a photo of a young man cycling in the rain with a Grabfood delivery backpack on.

He sighed, shook his head in resignation and rode out in the heavy rain. Met this young man when I was at Balestier...

Posted by Petrina Ng on Monday, July 12, 2021

Her post has since garnered over 4,800 likes and 4,600 shares. 

Ng wrote that while she was taking shelter from the downpour, she spotted a delivery rider who had just collected his customer's order. He sighed and shook his head in resignation before making his way to make the delivery, she said.

"It's true that they are paid, but it's not an easy job and it's certainly not a lot of money… at times, it's dangerous even… as the young man rode away, I felt worried for him."

The woman also urged others to be kinder to delivery men.

"If the item comes a little late, a little wet, a little less than what I expect, I'll remember to give and take," she concluded before thanking delivery riders. 

Commenting on Ng's post, netizens empathised with the challenges that delivery riders face during wet weather, with one writing: "Not easy money... let’s all show some kindness…"

PHOTO: Screengrab/Facebook/Petrina Ng
PHOTO: Screengrab/Facebook/Petrina Ng

Delivery personnel like the rider Ng had seen may be getting caught in the rain more often lately, with the Singapore Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS) predicting more thundery showers in the first two weeks of July.

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While Ng's Facebook post encouraged others to be more patient, not all customers thought the same.

Last September, an alleged chat conversation between a customer and delivery rider circulated online.

It showed the former repeatedly saying "hurry up" and asking "what are you people doing" to a delivery rider who said that he was drenched by the rain. “I will try to speed things up but I won’t rush on these slippery roads,” the latter explained.

In a similar incident last November, a delivery rider was seen walking barefoot in the rain while carrying the items he was supposed to deliver, sparking a debate online. 

Some netizens argued that people should not order food when it is raining for the safety of riders while others said doing so would harm the riders' income.

According to GrabFood, when there's heavy rain, riders can mark themselves unavailable. If they have a pending order, they may complete the delivery once the weather improves. 

alexanderkt@asiaone.com