A young, well-dressed man and woman were filmed antagonising an old man at the 201 Toa Payoh Lorong 8 Hawker Centre.
According to a comment posted by a Mothership.sg reader, the incident happened on Friday, April 21, at about 8:45pm. The clip was uploaded onto Facebook by a page called The Local Society (sent to them by an anonymous tipper) in the wee hours of Sunday morning.
Based on the clip alone, it is difficult to ascertain what the backstory was, but from what we could gather, the elderly man was trying to get a seat at the table, which appears to have been reserved by the young woman.
This triggered an argument:
The woman refused to let him sit at the table, claiming that “people already tell you somebody is sitting and yet you still want to argue”.
But this is where it undisputedly gets bad — prior to that, a man she appears to know enters the frame, and in the process, rams into the old man from behind, causing the latter to lose his balance and fall forward.
Thankfully, the table broke his fall. According to the aforementioned netizen who was at the scene, the man also demanded to know why the elderly man was ‘disturbing’ the young woman.
In the end, a unidentified man persuaded the elderly man to move away with him to another table.
Here’s the full clip:
Based on a series of comments on our Facebook page (after this article was published), a netizen who claimed to be at the scene related the sequence of events as they unfolded:
Now, even if we gave the couple the benefit of doubt and assume that all six seats were reserved for a party of six, and that the old man was being belligerent — no matter what the case may be, there is absolutely no reason for them to use physical force on him.
It’s no wonder people were enraged by what they saw, with many calling for the couple to be identified:
As of now, we do not have the full story, but based on what we know, this seems to be pretty shocking treatment of the elderly man.
If you’re a friend of the couple, or if you happen to be the couple in question, here’s our advice:
1) Change your names/hair colour/nose/address/accent/social media accounts.
2) Start looking up the emigration criteria to Australia.
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Update: This post was updated to include details of the incident that was provided by a reader who claimed to be at the scene.
Top photo adapted from Thelocalsociety’s Facebook video