I never thought I would be bold enough to tell people who misbehave in public to “stop it” but I did just that on Mother’s Day (May 10).
I was at Great World City’s Ichiban Boshi to pick up some sushi, California hand rolls and a tub of Kaisen Arare Chirashi to supplement the dishes picky Siti was preparing for the family lunch.
There were these two teenage (at least they looked like that to me) girls crowding out everyone else at where the sushi was available for self-selection in the cold open display unit, oblivious that there might be others wanting to select some sushi as well.
Even tho I stood there for mayb five minutes or more, they didn’t turn back, so engrossed were they in picking up one sushi after another, examining each and then putting it down, only to pick up another for scrutiny. Much critique and chatter in between, sprinkled with giggles.
In those five minutes or so, they selected perhaps two or three sushi for the plastic box provided by Ichiban. I felt irritated by their selfishness. Besides acting as tho they were the only customers, what they were doing was very unhygienic. Especially in days of H1N1. Even tho the sushi was individually wrapped and neither sneezed over the food.
What emboldened me was that it was getting late and I needed to get home.
So I went closer to them and hissed just loud enough for them to hear: “Are you done?” Then looking pointedly at the pieces of sushi they were still fingering, i hissed again. “Stop that! Other pple have to eat that too!”
Thank goodness for cowardly me they weren’t the street-fighter type. They looked at me, dropped their eyes and the sushi they were holding and went off to the cashier to pay for the little they had selected. But they didn’t apologised.
Not that i expected them to!
I was prompted to complete this post that’s been sitting in draft form for almost a month after reading Roger Poh’s lament that Singapore isn’t a gracious society.
And also to record what I usually takeaway from Ichiban which used to have such a yummy restaurant manager but who left some some two to three years’ ago to join Mingles Cafe that eating there isn’t the same heart-stopping experience any more!
As to whether Singapore is a gracious society or not, I don’t know if one should use the label “Singapore” so glibly. With our country so over-run by foreigners, talented or otherwise, I’m never sure if the person who was rude to me or stepped on my feet rushing out of the MRT train is Singaporean or not!