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Gary Lim belittling a taxi driver


It was all over social media. This fella, Gary Lim, used a large stash of cash to taunt a taxi driver, who could be heard trying to defuse the situation and asking the man to let him go. According to the taxi driver, the passenger had quarrelled with his girlfriends in the taxi and was venting his frustrations on the older man, the taxi driver. And to add insult to injury, he took out a wad of 1000 dollar notes, taunted the taxi driver, and said that is the reason why he is a taxi-driver and cannot achieve much. And this is coming from a fella who is a second-generation owner of a chicken rice stall. This is the fella below:

Karma can be a bitch Gary. Pride goes before a fall.

********** EDITOR’S NOTE on 30th April **********

According to this report in The Straits Times, Gary Lim apologised for his actions to the taxi driver concerned. This is an excerpt of the report:

Mr Gary Lim, who is the boss of The Yang’s Traditional Hainanese Chicken Rice, incurred the wrath of netizens recently when a video went viral of him blocking a taxi driver’s way and telling him that he “cannot do big things” as he is a taxi driver.

Mr Lim, 37, has since apologised to the taxi driver, a 33-year-old who is identified only by his surname, Sun. To show his remorse, Mr Lim’s outlets at 8 Braddell Road and 562 Serangoon Road will prepare 200 packets of chicken rice – 100 per outlet – for taxi drivers on Tuesday (May 2), Shin Min Daily News reported on Sunday (April 30).

Due to space constraints, and so as to let more people enjoy the food, each taxi driver will get one packet and only takeaways will be possible.

Mr Lim apologised to Mr Sun on Saturday (April 29) evening during a phone conversation, which ended with Mr Sun wishing Mr Lim well, adding that he hoped they could move on from the incident.

 Speaking in Mandarin, Mr Lim said: “I want to apologise. I drank too much and said some senseless things. But I had no intention of harming you. Frankly, I was quite rash, I said things I shouldn’t have said, and hope you can accept my apology.”

To this, Mr Sun replied: “I feel this apology isn’t an issue, in fact I didn’t take (the incident) to heart. I’m already at peace. But before I formally accept your apology, I want to let you know that no matter what problem a person faces in life, he should not vent his anger on others.”

“You are a grown man, not a child,” Mr Sun added. “So I hope you’ll treat this as a lesson, keep moving forward, become more amicable, and not look down on other people’s jobs. Whether you are a cleaner, or a big boss, I feel this is a question of basic respect towards others.”

Maybe he realised that the negative publicity was hurting his chicken rice business or maybe he realised that it was the right thing to do. In any case, all I can say is…I have been drunk before but I would never belittle anyone.

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