Anxious Singapore cabbie sets out COVID-19 conditions for her passengers

Maharani Chakra Dewi poses in front of her cab. Her message to would-be fares is inset. Image: Maharani Chakra Dewi/Facebook
Maharani Chakra Dewi poses in front of her cab. Her message to would-be fares is inset. Image: Maharani Chakra Dewi/Facebook

If you happen to hop into a taxi driven by this cabbie, be sure to wear a mask, sanitize your hands before paying and let her lower the windows for ventilation. 

Those are just some of the conditions one anxious taxi driver named Maharani Chakra Dewi has set out in five different languages in a bid to keep the working mother and others safe and healthy amid the coronavirus outbreak.

“My passenger need to take care of the health cause I have loved ones at home waiting for me. Sick fever call ambulance. Don’t take [taxi]. Thank you,” she explained Friday on Facebook. It has been shared more than 1,000 times as of today. 

COVID-19 has killed two in Singapore and infected 509 people as of yesterday. Around the world, nearly 400,000 have taken ill and more than 16,000 died.

The taxi driver said in her post that she has been “really worried” about the pandemic, causing her to spend money every few days on servicing the air-conditioning in her taxi to keep the air clean and fresh. 

She also said that she disinfects the vehicle daily, asks passengers to wear the masks and use hand wipes she provides, and winds down the windows to ventilate the air in the vehicle. 

But she said that passengers have been complaining about her efforts to fight the disease, by calling her a “freak” and saying that the taxi “smell like hospital.”

“I have kids at home. Hope passenger please help me follow my taxi rules, she said. 

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