I refer to the 29-year-old “intern” who got whacked on his head by his supervisor besides being verbally abused with vulgarities.
The company where he worked has been identified as Encore eServices and the supervisor as Alan Lee.
OK, I didn’t see the 17-second video clip that went viral via YouTube but I take it that it can’t all be made up.
Not when it’s been reported in the Straits Times and other newspapers as well as being shown on TV.
And everyone and his uncle who are in HR or trade unions — or even if they aren’t in either but are just normal human beings — have waxed indignation, even anger, against the supervisor.
I however don’t quite know what to make of this.
First, I find it incredible that there is a man in his prime who won’t retaliate when a supervisor slaps him on the head while scolding him. In jest perhaps but not when it’s for real. 🙄
Why didn’t the intern move away, protest and yes, retaliate? Whatever happened to his brain? Or sense of self-preservation?
Second, why is a graduate of 29 interning for as long as three years, earning as little as $500 per month and working for as long as 12 hours per day? Besides getting scolded regularly?
The pay and hours of work aren’t even reasonable for toilet or food court cleaners who being old, poor and uneducated may not have other options.
But surely not a graduate in his prime? Unless he is a martyr or a masochist or there is something particularly rewarding that made him attached to his work place?
Third, his parents stepping forward to demand $100K in compensation.
The intern isn’t 9 but 29. He is a graduate. Shouldn’t he be the one to initiate the move to seek compensation, not his ma and pa?
After all, I thought parents no longer need to represent their children once they come of age, unless the child is in some ways incapable.
Like I said, there’s something in this intern-whacked-by-boss story that doesn’t quite add up. I don’t know what it is but I wish the media who went to town with it had had at least sought some answers to these questions 🙄