Havelock Stall Refuses To Sell 2 Bowls Of Rice With Fish Soup, Customer & Hawker Scalded

Havelock Fish Soup Hawker Refuses To Sell 2 Bowls Of Rice To Customer, Both Scalded In Struggle

Sitting down to enjoy a meal at a hawker centre is supposed to be one of Singapore’s simple pleasures.

However, it seems even this has become a stressful activity lately, with conflicts reported at our local hawker centres.

The latest squabble reportedly started when a stall in Chinatown refused to sell a bowl of fish soup with two bowls of rice.

Source: Google Maps. Photo for illustration purposes only.

The ensuing struggle resulted in both customer and hawker getting scalded with hot soup.

Incident took place in hawker centre near Havelock

The strange incident took place on Tuesday (27 Dec) afternoon at Kukoh 21 Food Centre, reported Shin Min Daily News.

It’s located in Block 1 Jalan Kukoh of the York Hill Estate that’s in between Havelock Road and Chin Swee Road.

Source: Google Maps

At the time, the 64-year-old customer named only as Mr Hong had queued up to buy fish soup.

Havelock stall serves only 1 bowl of rice with 1 bowl of fish soup

After a long wait, he decided to order one bowl of fish soup, but two bowls of rice.

While most people would think that a hawker would have no issue with that, the male hawker responded by asking him how many people were eating.

Thinking this was none of the hawker’s business, and that he’d made his order clear, Mr Hong ignored the question.

At this point, a female stallholder came over to say that the stall serves only one bowl of rice with one bowl of soup.

Source: Google Maps. Photo for illustration purposes only.

Customer takes fish soup when Havelock stall refuses to sell rice

Upon finding out that the stall refused to serve him, Mr Hong was angered.

In the heat of the moment, he took a tray from the counter with a bowl of fish soup that was meant for another customer.

This obviously didn’t go down well with the female hawker, who grabbed and held on to the tray, and a tug-of-war ensued.

What subsequently happened is what you might expect when a bowl of hot liquid is being pulled back and forth by two people — the hot soup splashed out.

Both parties said they were scalded by the soup and even developed blisters.

The left hand of the female hawker after the incident. Source: Shin Min Daily News

Police called, customer pays S$5 & leaves

Accusing Mr Hong of stealing, the female hawker called the police.

When they arrived, he decided to pay the stall S$5 and leave quickly.

The prices for a bowl of sliced fish soup at the stall is S$4 and S$5, while fish head soup costs S$3.50 and S$5.

While the price of a two-person serving of fish soup is listed as S$12, a bowl of rice costs S$0.50.

Customer allegedly blocked others from ordering

When interviewed, the female hawker told Shin Min that Mr Hong allegedly blocked other diners from ordering during the incident, which affected her business.

She also explained that her husband had suffered a stroke and had mobility issues.

He also speaks loudly as he’s also hard of hearing, so this may have contributed to Mr Hong’s fury.

Other quarrels at local hawker stalls

Singapore’s hawker stalls have been the scene of a number of quarrels lately.

In April, a teenager appeared to throw a tray at a stallholder and the man retaliated, resulting in a scuffle that involved the boy’s family.

17-Year-Old Throws Tray At Sengkang Coffee Shop Worker, Police Alerted To Commotion

Last month, hawkers in Ayer Rajah Food Centre were involved in a loud argument with a customer queuing at an adjacent stall.

Ayer Rajah Hawkers Shout At & Argue With Adjacent Stall Customer, Passer-By Stops Fight

On Christmas Day, a man claimed a worker at the newly opened Senja Hawker Centre used vulgarities on him.

Man Claims Senja Seafood Hawker Scolded Him With Vulgarities After Long Wait, Stall Refutes His Account

However, the stall refuted this by saying the customer demanded a refund with a raised voice and clenched fist after a long wait. They also made a police report.

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Featured image adapted from Shin Min Daily News and Google Maps.

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