Toa Payoh bullying case spills out to their tuition centre and the public
Chow Chuin Yee and Tay Puay Leng made a bad decision when they visited Lorong 8 Toa Payoh Hawker Centre on 22 April 2017. They ganged up on an old man who wanted to share their table, verbally, and physically abusing him. Unfortunately for them, somebody recorded the whole incident and uploaded it online.
Since then, the couple has been charged with criminal force and harassment, and received a combined fine of $2,700. They might have thought the incident was over, and could get back to their lives as they were.
But the internet never forgets.
The public hit back
According to a report on The New Paper, strangers call several times a day to hurl expletives at various staff members of the tuition centre that the couple work at. In addition, people approach parents of students enrolled there, saying bad things about the centre. To make things worse, the staff are harassed when they go to the toilet.
Ms Tay is a tutor at Novel Learning Centre, while Mr Chow is a director there.
Strangely enough, access to the original TNP report has been denied, but the cached version reveals that morale at the centre has been affected. Novel Learning Centre has removed their Facebook page, probably due to negative reviews, but their ManyTutors page remains a lightning rod for one-star reviews.
An earlier TNP report reveals that Ms Tay is currently taking medication for anxiety due to the fallout. Mr Chow also recounted incidents of people filming them as they were queuing up at a hawker centre. A man also allegedly backed into Mr Chow’s toes, probably looking for a reaction.
Is retribution really necessary?
Mr Chow and Ms Tay seem genuinely sorry enough. The duo wrote a page long letter to express their apologies to the 76-year-old man, and have repeatedly asked for opportunities ask for forgiveness in person.
However, their lawyer has also suggested that a police report may be made if the harassment continues.
And so, the drama over a hawker centre table rumbles on.
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