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Monday, Jun 23, 2014

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Netizens slam driver who called accident victim 'roadkill'

The New Paper | Foo Jie Ying | Monday, Jun 23, 2014

Photographer Mr Allan Lee (inset) , 39, vented his frustrations on Facebook when an accident resulting in a two-hour jam caused him to lose his client.

He was seething with anger after being stuck in a two-hour traffic jam caused him to lose a $2,000 photography job. So he went on Facebook to rant.

A nine-vehicle accident, which left a motorcyclist dead and another injured, had clogged up the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) on Thursday morning.

Mr Allan Lee, 39, wrote later that morning: "Why made (sic) thousands of people stranded when they can just shift the roadkill aside and let the living people go ahead with our lives?" (See full post on left.)

The photographer paid for his moment of folly when a screengrab of his post ended up on HardwareZone, a popular online forum, where netizens slammed him for his insensitive comments.

To atone for his error of judgment, he apologised individually to all 43 posts by netizens who had criticised him.

Mr Lee, who started his trip in Jurong West at 7.45am, was supposed to meet his client at Kallang at 8.30am, but was more than an hour late because of the jam.

When he read the first Expressway Monitoring Advisory System sign on the PIE stating there was a massive jam, he thought it was the usual peak hour rush.

"Had I known it was an accident, I could have at least taken alternative routes to my destination," said Mr Lee, who also called for a "better accident management plan" to be put in place.

He texted his client to tell him the reason he would be late. As his anxiety slowly turned to exasperation, he received more bad news when his client texted him at 9.30am to say that his services would no longer be needed.

"He left despite me sending him pictures of the jam. He said that he had waited long enough for me.

"It added to my frustration. It was not like I could control the jam," Mr Lee said told The New Paper, adding that as a full-time photographer, his income was dependent on the number of jobs each month.

VENT & FORGET

After venting his anger on Facebook, he forgot about the post until his friend, who wanted to be known only as Mr K.C. Low, saw a screengrab of the post on HardwareZone.

Mr Low, 28, a fellow photographer, said: "When I told Allan, he was shocked. His Facebook page is private, open only to his close group of friends. He thought it was quite safe.

"He would never say such things usually. Maybe his frustrations got the better of him that day."

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