Unemployed Man Got Free Taxi Ride From Compassionate Uncle When He Was Broke

One can safely assume that such chance meetings are far and few between. However, that’s exactly what happened to Facebook user Paul Chua on a particular night in 2002.

Sharing his story in a 14,000 member Facebook group titled “Singapore Taxi Driver”, Mr Chua shared a heartfelt tale that will warm the cockles of your heart.

We’ve provided a screenshot of his post below, along with a summary of Mr Chua’s narrative after the break.


Down and out

The year was 2002. A restructuring exercise conducted by his company resulted in Paul’s retrenchment.

He was in his mid 30’s, the temporal no man’s land in between seeking entry level jobs and retirement.

At the time, hiring of local PMETs (Professionals, Managers, Executives and Technicians) was eschewed as they were seen as “lazy, choosy and demanding”. Companies instead opted to hire foreign talent, perceiving them as “cheaper, faster and hardworking”.

Having had no luck in his job search after 8 months of unemployment, Mr Chua went out to look for a friend, in hopes that he might be able to introduce him to a job.

After a long talk over cups of coffee, Mr Chua bid his friend farewell and headed to the bus stop, running to catch the last bus home.

However, despite being in time for the last bus, the driver pretended not to see him and drove on, leaving him stranded with nothing but $6.60 in his wallet.


Not even close to the sum he would need to take a taxi back to his home in Tampines.

The ride home

Deciding to take a taxi to catch up with the bus, Mr Chua flagged down a cab and informed the taxi driver of his situation.

To Mr Chua’s surprise, the taxi driver drove past the $6.60 limit on the meter, telling him that he empathised with his situation, having suffered from a prolonged bout of unemployment before.

The driver offered to drive him home, completely for free. Beyond touched, Mr Chua’s attempts to pay the driver were refused.

Although he does not remember the taxi driver’s face, license plate or even company name, Mr Chua credits him with changing the way he views taxi drivers and he now drives a taxi of his own.

Making the world a better place

Mr Chua ends his Facebook post by appealing to his fellow taxi drivers to follow the three “goods”:

  • Think good, not evil thoughts
  • Speak good, not malicious words
  • Do good, do not do things which hurt others

As Mr Chua puts it, if everyone lived that way, the world would be such a better place to live in.

Truly, kindness begets kindness.

Featured image from Facebook.