Allow me to ask you a simple question: what do you think of when you see or hear the word, ‘GrabHitch’?
It’s technically a carpooling system, so you’ll probably go, “Oh, since we are both going the same way, I get to sit in his/her car for a fare that’s considerably lower than the usual Grab services (Car; Ride).”
If you thought that way, well you’re right. Kinda. More or less la.
Anyway, what if I tell you that there are male drivers out there that go out of their way just to hitch passengers?
“Huh, but why? That defeats the purpose, right?” you wonder.
That’s where you’re wrong. The way men think is a bit like KFC: unhealthy, tasteless and erm… oily.
And if there are pretty passengers to hitch, a 5-minute detour doesn’t really matter.
Heck, I won’t be surprised if some desperate guy takes a 30-minute deviation just to pick up a Jeanette Aw lookalike.
Unfortunately, because I’m a man, I can somewhat understand where they are coming from. Which is why I’m also a ‘better fit’ to present this article to you, rather than let’s say, any of my female colleagues.
Dammit. I’m so ashamed right now. But let’s head onto the main gist.
They ask you out the second time
Some guys have apparently been taking the notion of ‘picking up passengers’ a bit too seriously, as they have somehow crossed over the boundary of GrabHitch, to TinderHitch.
According to an unnamed source, she has experienced it before.
“They do it in a subtle way. You won’t even realize it in the initial stage, actually,” she said. “It’s not until you ask them where they are going, and they get uncomfortable, that you smell a rat.”
Did he reply?
“I pursued the matter, and the driver only relented a while later. It turned out to be quite a way off the place I’m heading to. I’m like thinking, what? It’s not even along the way.”
She clarified that it wasn’t the first time it happened.
“Sometimes, the same driver picks you up all the time. Hard not to be suspicious. In fact, this driver actually asked me out the second time around.”
So did she go out with him?
“Erm, yeah, I did,” she said.
How was it? For some reason, I kept imagining a guy with a creepy smirk while I was interviewing her, so I was interested to know.
“There were quite a few, actually.” She laughed at my look of surprise. “But I can only remember two. The first one was quite… erm… cunning, I guess? He was chatting me up, and I was just like okay, alright, sounds cool, that kind of stuff, and he suddenly asked me out for dinner.
Before I could properly reply, he had already driven into the carpark. It made it hard for me to reject, honestly.”
But it’s usually “dinner & bye”
I think my expression was too easy to read, because she continued, “Nothing happened. It was just dinner and bye.”
What about the second one?
“I guess you could say that we clicked?” she said. “We both hit the same frequency, so the conversation was quite smooth-sailing. Then, we went for ice-cream and stuff, but it was like the first one; we ate and we went home.”
But she also explained that not all GrabHitch drivers were the tiko kind.
“While I had those experiences, I also had Hitch drivers who were earnestly doing their job.
One example was when I was in KL; a driver had hitched me and my friend, and we were on our way to the local mall. On the way, he stopped to pick up this old uncle, and after that, it’s the three of us squeezing at the back. So yeah, not all drivers have those intentions in mind.”
She wasn’t the only one
In a separate interview with another source, the result was the same: she had encountered a GrabHitch driver who wasn’t exactly heading the same way.
“The one I had was bad, you know,” she said. “The driver even asked me to take the front seat, or my ride will be cancelled.”
While Grab encourages passengers to take the front, because it’s social carpooling, they are not required to do so.
So what did she do?
“I bo bian lo,” she shrugged. “Got to take the front seat. She’s a woman somemore.”
I was stunned for a moment, and then I remembered the Pink Dot.
Wow, it looks like even female drivers are in on the whole TinderHitch thing, huh?
And there’s even a thread on Hardwarezone, where drivers talk about their… experiences.
Well, I don’t need to say la hor.
Carpooling has a pretty fixed definition: if you’re heading the same way, I don’t mind giving you a lift.
But honestly, there are no rules or regulations against detouring GrabHitch drivers. In fact, Grab actually encourages passengers to socialise with drivers, which makes me wonder if the so-called ‘tiko’ drivers are actually in the ‘wrong’.
And then I came to a realization: hitching a chio bu by chance is totally legit, and it’s entirely fair game.
Purposely detouring and combing the area for chio bus, however, is not just illegitimate, but just reeks of despo. Yeah, you can smell it. Just rub a wrestler’s armpit sweat into smashed avocados and mix it with vegemite.
That’s the smell.
So guys, stick to Tinder if you’re just looking for females to hook up with. By resorting to such crude acts, you’re pretty much just giving GrabHitch drivers everywhere a bad name.
There are people out there who need to earn their keep, you know. Not everyone’s driving a fancy car like you just to look for that rare dainty Xiao Han or exotic, flower-like Kitty.
Or how about this… a Hitch system that works with Tinder rules? In order to hitch a chio bu, you would have to match her.
That will absolutely blow the f***boys out of the GrabHitch park. Win-win situation. Everyone gets what he wants.
Hmm… not bad, if I might say so myself. Tinder, you listening?
Or… guys, if you wanna get a GrabHitch ride, just use a chio bu’s picture as your Grab profile photo. All the tikos will zoom to you, no joke. You will be hitching here and there faster than Taylor Swift changes boyfriends. It will teach them a lesson for exploiting flowers too.
Alright, what about you? What do you think of these ‘tiko’ GrabHitch drivers?
If you had such experiences before, please do share them!
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