Elderly men push & throw punches over table at Bedok North hawker centre

A woman at the scene falls down amid the commotion.

Alfie Kwa | September 10, 2021, 03:55 PM

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Several elderly men were seen throwing punches, shouting, and shoving one another over a vacant table at Block 538 Bedok North hawker centre.

A video of the incident was posted to the Complaint Singapore Facebook page on Wednesday (Sep. 8).

The quarrel

According to Shin Min Daily News, an argument broke out between an 80-year-old man and a 60-year-old man at 11:20am on Sep. 8.

The younger man in a white shirt was seen in the video standing on the seat, as he pointed and yelled at two other men -- a father and son duo -- standing by the table.

A heated verbal altercation ensued as the men involved began to raise their voice and refused to back down.

Regulars at hawker centre

A stall owner told Shin Min that the dispute started when the 80-year-old man came into the hawker centre with his wife, son, and daughter-in-law, and were looking for a place to sit close to one another.

The family are apparently frequent hawker centre patrons.

Since they could only sit in groups of two due to Covid-19 measures, they had to sit separately in pairs.

Argue over seats

Another stall vendor said the 60-year-old was seated alone when the 80-year-old asked him about the vacant seat opposite him.

The stall vendor said the 80-year-old man felt offended when the 60-year-old man claimed the seat was already taken.

The incident was aggravated when the 60-year-old man shouted a crude insult at the older man.

The 80-year-old's son, seen in a grey shirt, came to his father's defence and charged towards the man, swinging his arms and wanted to pull the 60-year-old man off the table.

Amid the commotion, a woman standing beside the table fell down.

The lady in the grey t-shirt fell amid the commotion. Image via Complaint Singapore/Facebook.

But the fight was uninterrupted as the men continued to argue.

Other patrons subsequently intervened to pull the men apart.

One person off-camera even shouted that the police were coming, in hopes that the fight would cease.

The 60-year-old man then left the hawker centre and peace was restored.


The video was greeted by snarky comments saying the combined age of the men involved was probably 200 years, and yet, they were acting so immaturely.

Others pointed out that the men were in too close contact to one another during a pandemic.

Another comment said there was no point in getting into an altercation over a meal.

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Top image via Complaint Singapore/Facebook.