Grab taxi driver threatens to harm former Thai singer

Photo via Instagram/ @milapanpinij

A former Thai singer took to social media to reveal that a Grab taxi driver, claiming to be a soldier, threatened to physically harm her. The singer, Jamila “Mila’ Panpinij, demanded that Grab takes responsibility for the incident and pay for treatment costs associated with her post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which was triggered by the incident.

On Wednesday, May 31, Mila shared details of her encounter with the violent Grab taxi driver through Instagram. She began by providing information about the driver, who was identified as Nopporn Saengchan. Nopporn drove a Toyota Camry with the registration number 6กฌ5764 and provided services through GrabCar Premium, which typically offers a higher level of service compared to regular Grab rides.

Mila said…

“Since I got in the car, the driver was extremely rude. I informed him that I have two destinations and he responded “Err” which is very strange for Grab Premium drivers. I was on the phone with Piccolo (her boyfriend), and the driver was on the phone as well. He kept increasing his voice, so I asked him politely, ‘Excuse me, are you on the phone?’ He did not respond until the third time. He finally turned around and shouted, ‘What do you want? I am on the phone. Mind only your business!’ I quickly hung up for Piccolo and started recording videos. ”

In the video, The 29 year old asked why the driver provided such bad service to the passenger even if he is a Grab Premium driver. He responded that he was a soldier on a covert mission. Mila asked him to pull over. The driver did not follow her request and attempted to elbow Mila.

Mila started calling to police which made the driver immediately change his manner. He explained to Mila that he was just a struggling worker and hadn’t intended to elbow her, his arm had simply trembled. Eventually, he agreed to pull over and allow Mila to leave.

After exiting the car, Mila revealed on social media that she was overwhelmed with fear and couldn’t stop crying. She explained that she filed a complaint with Grab, as the incident triggered her PTSD symptoms. Mila had to seek medical attention, and she believes that the application should bear the responsibility for covering the associated costs.

Mila has been coping with PTSD since her brother attacked her with a knife four years ago. The attack occurred while she was sleeping in her bedroom, and she was hospitalised for eight days due to severe injuries all over her body. Mila disclosed that her brother’s behaviour was influenced by drug and alcohol abuse, which led to this life-altering incident.

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Petch Petpailin

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