Sometimes, it pays to let your voice be heard on social media.
On Saturday, Twitter user @rinanoconn shared how Grab Philippines reportedly banned a driver from the ride-hailing app after her tweet of the driver’s alleged inappropriate behavior went viral on Twitter.
Aside from initially driving past her friend’s home, the Grab driver also allegedly said inappropriate remarks to the female passenger.
“Apparently this wasn’t the first time he’s done this to someone,” @rinanoconn wrote in a recent tweet.
they did something about it na!! they called my friend (the passenger) last night to let her know that he was banned from grab because apparently this wasn’t the first time hes done this to someone
— rina (@rinanoconn) October 20, 2018
This comes after she shared a tweet on Thursday about her friend who supposedly had to beg her Grab driver to bring her home.
“BEWARE OF THIS GRAB DRIVER. MY FRIEND HAD TO BEG TO BE BROUGHT HOME WTH?? your drivers are so unprofessional,” she wrote, tagging Grab Philippines.
In a series of screenshots, @rinanoconn shared the conversation she had with her friend as well as the identity of the Grab driver involved.
Her friend told her in Filipino: “He almost didn’t bring me home. He said let’s just eat instead.”
The friend added that the driver told her: “We have a car, so where do you want to go? I’ll feed you good food.”
She also said that the driver drove past her house and even offered to pick her up the next day.
In a separate tweet, @rinanoconn told Grab Philippines that her friend was too scared to report the driver because he might come back for her at her house.
“Please do something about this for everyone’s safety,” the tweet reads.
Grab Philippines replied on the same day, saying that the company hoped the passenger was doing fine and that the concern about the driver “is nothing short of disappointing.”
They also encouraged the passenger to file a report about the incident.
I hope your friend is doing fine. The concern that you have reported about this driver is nothing short of disappointing. Can you please advise the account owner to send us a message and file a report here https://t.co/uacwQQ6ysV.
— Grab Philippines (@grabph) October 18, 2018
@rinanoconn’s first tweet about the incident has received over 9,700 likes and 7,200 retweets as of this article’s posting.
Some netizens shared their own stories of similar incidents:
“Happened with me too. My driver said sexual things and asked me if I want to go to [a] motel with him. My normal 30 min ride took me 1 and [a] half hour,” wrote @rachcasimiro.
Happened with me too. My driver said sexual things and asked me if I want to go to motel with him. My normal 30 min ride took me 1 and half hour.
— attitude problem (@rachcasimiro) October 18, 2018
“This happened to me too, my driver said sexual things or rather was implicating that he should be the first one to do me. I already reported but [I] am still scared about taking grab alone again because of what happened. Pls take care of your passengers,” said @flxrencex.
@grabph this happened to me too, my driver said sexual things or rather was implicating that he should be the first one to do me. I already reported but i am still scared about taking grab alone again because of what happened. Pls take care of your passengers.
— Florence (@flxrencex) October 18, 2018
“This is not the first time [this has happened]. @grabph You really have [sex] maniac drivers. [They’re already] so old but they think like animals,” added @kkeiitthh.
This is not first time @grabph may mga manyak talaga kayong driver. Ang tatanda na pero utak animal!
— Keith (@kkeiitthh) October 18, 2018
“I miss Uber,” said @bcbathala.
Nakakamiss lang talaga ang uber.
— Ka Igme (@bcbathala) October 18, 2018
At the moment, Grab is virtually the only ride-hailing app available in the country after it acquired Uber in May this year.
One even shared a safety tip.
“Since you have a name, your friend can blotter it at a police station nearest her residence so they can set an alarm or [something] if he’s seen near the area,” @kadiholic wrote.
Since you have a name, your friend can blotter it sa police station nearest her residence so they can set an alarm or smth if he’s seen near the area.
— bubb kadi babies ❤️ (@kadiholic) October 21, 2018
Have you experienced anything like this during your Grab rides? Leave a comment below or tweet us @CoconutsManila.
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