Teen Tells Foodpanda Rider Groceries Didn’t Arrive & Gets Refund, Now Charged For Cheating

Foodpanda Customer Faces Up To 10 Years’ Jail For Groceries Refund Scam

Food and grocery delivery businesses often work on a system of trust and integrity. Thankfully, nothing goes wrong on most occasions.


A 17-year-old teen, however, was recently charged for cheating, saying that he did not receive groceries delivered by Foodpanda – which he did – and requested for a refund.

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The accused is also under investigation for other similar scams, amounting to $14,000 over a period of 8 months.

Teen asked Foodpanda for $51.35 groceries refund

According to Channel NewsAsia (CNA), Foodpanda lodged a police report last Friday (21 Aug) after suspecting that they’ve been cheated.

They were reportedly conned into thinking that one of their riders had failed to deliver a customer’s grocery orders.

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Due to the con, the company approved said customer’s refund request, reports CNA.

The 17-year-old had apparently order groceries amounting to $51.35, which include:

  • Cereal bars
  • Cornflakes
  • Grapes
  • Potato chips
  • Mamee Monster Noodle snack
  • Want Want flavoured milk

Under investigation for scams worth $14,000

The police swiftly identified the teenager and arrested him on Monday (24 Aug).

Subsequent investigations allegedly found that he might be involved in a string of similar refund scams, amounting to a staggering $14,000 over just 8 months.

The accused was given bail of $15,000 and will return to court in around a month’s time on 22 Sep.

If found guilty, the teenager faces a jail term of up to 10 years, and might receive a fine.

Not cool to be dishonest

Hearing such cases of dishonesty is indeed troubling, especially since we are in the midst of a dire economic climate where companies are struggling to stay afloat.

We hope the teenager will be punished severely if found guilty to serve as a deterrence for others thinking of doing the same in the future.

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