Most commuters don’t call an Uber, Taxi or Grab driver expecting anything more than a ride to their desired destination. However, Facebook-user Mimi Velasquez had a memorable experience when she rode in a Grab car with a driver suffering from Tourette Syndrome. On the viral post that she shared on Sunday, Velasquez documented her experience with a Grab driver named Marlon Lapina Fuentes.
In her lengthy post, Velasquez narrated that while she was sitting on the back seat, she noticed that Fuentes was constantly having “unnecessary movements” and vocalizations. At first, she thought that the driver was experiencing seizures.
Until she noticed the sign slung at the back of the driver seat which read:
“I have a Tourette Syndrome, hope you understand my condition. Thank you!”
As expected, the viral Facebook post immediately paved the way for an important and necessary discussion about disability in society. In case you aren’t aware, Tourette syndrome is a rare disorder in the brain. It is typically characterized with repetitive, involuntary movements and vocalizations called “tics.” Basically, this means the patient can’t control what he says or his spasms.
Under those circumstances, it’s sad to know that there are people who needs to work hard despite their health condition. Nevertheless, we still salute this hardworking Grab driver for his dedication and perseverance. Hats off to you Sir!
Read the full text of her Facebook post below:
Unsurprisingly, Velasquez’s snaps of Fuentes went viral online. At the time of this post, the video already gained over 28, 000 positive reactions, 10, 288 shares, and more than 4, 000 comments from the netizens. Many people were supportive of Fuentes and found the sign heartbreaking as Velaquez did. While some netizens were critical of his driving, believing his condition would be an impediment to the job.