Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd can now add 'Uber driver' to his CV (following master handballer, of course) after his daughter revealed he gave a lift to a group of tipsy people.
Jessica Rudd retold the hilarious anecdote over Twitter, saying her dad had just dropped her off at a restaurant before heading off to finding a parking space.
"Then I thought I saw some people pile into his car, told myself it wasn't-must be a similar-looking Uber," she wrote. "It wasn't. It was Dad's car.
"The lovely but tipsy crew had been at the restaurant since lunch and asked for a lift to Hastings St. Said they'd pay. He said he'd give them a lift. Took them half the ride to discover who their driver was. He's here now."
It wasn't. It was Dad's car. The lovely but tipsy crew had been at the restaurant since lunch and asked for a lift to Hastings St. Said they'd pay. He said he'd give them a lift. Took them half the ride to discover who their driver was. He's here now.
- Jessica Rudd (@Jess_Rudd) April 6, 2021
Of course, Twitter users were loving the refreshingly wholesome story, with one follower regaling a similar tale in which Mr Rudd also gave her dad a lift while it was raining a few years back.
They replied: "My dad has a similar story about your dad pulling him over and giving him a lift in a torrential downpour in camp hill or thereabouts many years ago. My dad didn't clock who he was until he saw his face on a fridge magnet or something."
Others praised the former PM for his act of kindness, with another user writing: "This is the most wonderful story I have read in a long time. I think there are many people who would have liked to have been part of that tipsy crew getting into the car. Me included, love your dad.
"You made my day, we really need those stories more often in the moment."
Others couldn't help but make cheeky jabs around the current political climate and the media, with one quipping: "Or the Murdoch spin on it: 'Rudd falling on hard times, moonlighting as an Uber driver to make ends meet'".
There were even a few stories of other past Prime Ministers finding themselves in similar situations.
One Twitter user commented dishing out a story about Gough Whitlam, saying: "My brother was at a function with Gough and got a lift with my brother and his girlfriend to the next function. He insisted on taking the back seat and promptly folded himself into the back of the Corolla."
Another said: "There's a great story about Bob Hawke getting a lift with a bunch of boofs from the SCG, and one of them rings his mum to tell her, and Hawke has a yarn with her."
No word on whether Kev provided mints and bottled water for the ride.
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