Gig Economy

Getting sweaty to make the hungry happy

The Straits Times correspondent John Lui was a GrabFood rider for a day. He delivered food within the Central Business District.
The Sunday Times writer John Lui took an online rider course on safety and pavement courtesy before hitting the road. He received a reminder from Certis Cisco officers to keep to the speed limit for Personal Mobility Devices and delivered a meal to a
The Sunday Times writer John Lui took an online rider course on safety and pavement courtesy before hitting the road. He received a reminder from Certis Cisco officers to keep to the speed limit for Personal Mobility Devices and delivered a meal to a customer in The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.ST PHOTOS: TIMOTHY DAVID
The Sunday Times writer John Lui took an online rider course on safety and pavement courtesy before hitting the road. He received a reminder from Certis Cisco officers to keep to the speed limit for Personal Mobility Devices and delivered a meal to a
The Sunday Times writer John Lui took an online rider course on safety and pavement courtesy before hitting the road. He received a reminder from Certis Cisco officers to keep to the speed limit for Personal Mobility Devices and delivered a meal to a customer in The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.ST PHOTOS: TIMOTHY DAVID

As a food delivery guy, John Lui learns to deal with food leaks and other bugbears of the job

Cops! My blood runs cold. They wave me over. I am now officially the thing I used to hate: an e-scooter oaf, a pavement pest.

For a second, I consider gunning the throttle, peeling rubber, fleeing the scene of the crime at a fast and furious 20kmh and becoming a fugitive.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 11, 2019, with the headline 'Getting sweaty to make the hungry happy'. Print Edition | Subscribe