SINGAPORE — A Boon Lay resident called the police over a woman using a void deck to sort and distribute parcels for nine months but was told by the police and town council that the matter is not under their purview.
Citizen-sourced news site STOMP reported that the incident took place at Block 191 Boon Lay Drive.
Ms Ho, the local resident expressed her unhappiness about a Chinese woman who has been sorting delivery parcels at the void deck “daily from around 9 am to late noon” for months.
“She receives the parcels from a Dino Express van,” Ms Ho shared photos of the woman surrounded by parcels spread out on the floor of a void deck with a man standing near her.
“She leaves her parcels in a cage locked in a common area and once even locked against a fire hydrant. The parcels’ info is all exposed and the items are placed under the rain and sunshine.”
After informing the town council and Member of Parliament, and calling the police many times, she was told that it was not noise or a public nuisance and therefore it was not under police’s purview.
On the other hand, the administrative representative of Dino Express did apologise on the matter when queried by Stomp.
The representative promised to strengthen management and prevent such things from happening again.
“We will start making adjustments right away. We will arrange training courses this week to let every driver know how to work better and in a more standardised way.”
“Just leave the woman alone and earn her living, ” say netizens
As people are burdened by the cost of living and many just trying to make ends meet nowaday, many netizens showed their empathy toward the woman and commented at the Stomp’s article, disagreeing with Ms Ho, and suggesting that she should just leave the woman alone to make her living.
For example, Julia Wee questioned if it was any wrong to sort parcels at the void deck and that the resident should just let her earn her living:
While Patrick Lim raised concern about the safety of having the parcels caged in open space:
Netizen Roy Soon said: “Live and let live. Seek your own happiness; whilst others work for theirs.”
Another netizen added that some people have been doing the sorting at a multi-storey carpark where he lives and he is ok with it.
Mikey Jay wrote:
Another incident in July, a man kicked parcels at Serangoon void deck
Back in July this year, a video went viral on Facebook which shows a man kicking parcels at the void deck of an HDB block in Serangoon:
It is not known whether the man from the delivery company and why he went on a rampage.
Some of the netizens pointed out that the man might be unhappy with the courier who was sorting parcels at the void deck at the time.