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80yo S’porean Who Didn’t Return Chopsticks at Eatery Receives Warning Under Country’s New Law


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Previously, we shared how Singapore is now enforcing a new rule that requires patrons at eateries to return trays and crockery or face a fine of SGD300 or approximately RM1016 or even be charged in court.

Under the rule, first-time offenders will be issued a written warning and only repeat offenders will face the aforementioned punishments.

Chicken Rice Tray

Well, the rule was straightaway implemented by the country’s National Environment Agency (NEA) and Singapore Food Agency (SFA) enforcement officers on its first day of enforcement last Thursday (1 June) around the country.

One of the first to receive a written warning under the new rule was an 80-year-old Singaporean man at Chinatown Complex Food Centre on the day of enforcement.

As shared by Shin Min Daily, the elderly man, surnamed Huang was issued the written warning by enforcement officers for not clearing chopsticks after eating.


Huang claimed that he usually clear his table after eating but at this particular eatery, he didn’t see where the tray return rack was.

Furthermore, he also claimed that many patrons left their used trays and crockery behind on their tables.

Well, as soon as he stood up, enforcement officers approached him and issued a written warning, with the offence being listed as “YOU DID LEAVE BEHIND A BOWL, PLATE AND CHOPSTICKS AT THE PUBLIC DINING PLACE”.

Before you ask, yes, it was all in capital letters. You can view the written warning here:

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The written warning also warned Huang to refrain from any criminal conduct (presumably including leaving trays and crockery on the table at eateries) and that if he commits any offence in the future, the same leniency may not be shown against him.

Huang added that he would refrain from eating at the eatery after this incident.

So, what do you guys think of Singapore’s new law against not clearing your table at eateries after eating? Should Malaysia follow suit?

Share your thoughts with us in the comments.


Also read: Singapore To Enforce RM1,000 Fine On Diners Who Fail To Return Trays At Food Courts & Coffee Shops

Tray Fine Singapore

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