Looks like these cases are going to be continuing for a while, because loan sharks everywhere have started playing copycat.
Loan Shark Harasses Fernvale Resident by Ordering $1K Worth of Food Delivery
With the heightened demand for food delivery now, everyone would probably be glad to receive free food delivery services.
The keyword here is “free”.
Unfortunately for this one Fernvale resident, this was not the case.
According to AsiaOne, the police had been alerted to an intentional harassment case earlier this week on Monday (31 May), around 1.29pm at a unit at Block 468C Fernvale Link.
As reported by Shin Min Daily News, cash-on-delivery orders had been made on the food ordering platform Foodpanda. These orders included an order from Swensen which is worth S$72—the order included items like fish and chips and baked chicken rice.
However, when 23-year-old part-time rider Chen Jiaheng arrived to deliver the food, he found 3 other riders already waiting outside the unit. Despite orders being cash-on-delivery, they had all been told by the unit’s resident that they did not order anything.
In total, there had been more than 10 riders with orders from different restaurants who showed up at the unit. These orders amounted to around S$1,000 in total.
“Preliminary investigations revealed that a residential unit had received multiple food delivery orders allegedly made by an unlicensed moneylender. The police are looking into the matter,” said the police when approached.
In their news report, Shin Min Daily News pointed out how such harassment methods not only wasted the time and energy of food delivery riders but also led to many kilograms of food being wasted.
On 1 April this year, the police received a report on a case of intentional harassment taking place at a landed property in Braddell Heights.
Between 1.30pm to 3pm, around 20 food delivery riders had arrived, claiming to have received orders from this address. However, they instead found that no one at the address had made the orders.
Luckily, the riders did not make things difficult for the residents and left. Turns out, the domestic worker for the family, an Indonesian maid, had borrowed money from loan sharks after learning that her family members were sick and in urgent need of treatment.
Another incident had taken place earlier in February this year, when loan sharks ordered multiple food deliveries for two different residents living in Upper Aljunied and Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3.
The first resident at Upper Aljunied had a total of 12 food delivery riders gathering at her flat’s parking area, while the second resident at Ang Mo Kio had over 8 riders show up in the span of an hour.
Seriously, food delivery riders have it bad enough these days with the sudden spike in food delivery orders—don’t make things harder for them!
Featured Image: Facebook (Shin Min Daily News 新明日报)