Conduct Unbecoming Of A Young Couple In Little Red Dot: Assault On A 76-Year-Old Man In Table Rage

Conduct Unbecoming Of A Young Couple In Little Red Dot…

Reports of road rage incidents in Singapore are not that uncommon these days. But this vid of a well-attired working young couple displaying table rage at a public food-center in Toa Payoh last Friday (April 21st) takes my breath away in the worst way for all the wrong reasons.

According to an eyewitness account (Janice Lim’s), the young woman in the vid flew into a rage spewing F-word profanities at a senior citizen who was only checking with her on the possibility of table-sharing. What is clearly captured in the vid was the subsequent surprise physical assault by her male partner on the benign elderly man — the young man in question abruptly surfaced to pull a sneak attack from the rear on the old man, thumping his back, delivering such a hefty shove that nearly bowled the senior over.

While the evidence in the video and from eyewitnesses is clearly damning to the incredibly boorish young couple, it’s important that for balance the couple’s version of what happened needs be heard. Hence, they should come forward forthwith to either account for what happened or had better personally apologize to the senior citizen they assaulted.

Indeed, this incident conjures up memory of recent video episodes of similar hissy fits by adults misbehaving shamefully in public — referring to two separate incidents (in Feb. and in early Apr.) of outrageous temper tantrums exhibited by two grown-ups respectively at Tiong Bahru Plaza. But thanks to the ubiquity of smartphones and the Internet, such uncivilized, over-the-top behavior are readily exposed and be held accountable before the authority or to the court of public opinion of deserved shame.


An update as of August 11, 2017:  The couple pleaded guilty in court for the said offenses; Mr. Chow Chuin Yee, 45, was fined S$1,500 after admitting to one count of using criminal force on Mr. Ng Ai Hua, 76. Another count of causing public nuisance was taken into consideration during sentencing. And Ms. Veron Tay Puay Leng, 38, received a mulct of $1,200 for her one count of harassment.




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