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Standing up to rudeness

After reading Kash Cheong's column, Standing Up To Rudeness, And, Boy, It Felt Good (SundayLife!, June 21), I recall an incident that happened some time ago.

As I was waiting for the fish I was buying to be scaled at a market, an elderly woman behind me shouted out her order to the fishmonger.

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I turned to tell her there were customers who were still waiting in line and that she should wait her turn.

She snapped at me and said: "I am not talking to you, I am talking to the fishmonger."

I was embarrassed and stunned.

Since that incident, I have told myself it is wiser to keep my mouth shut.

In my case, standing up to rudeness did not feel good at all.

Kathleen Fang


The column resonated with me. Whenever I see a person being rude, I have always felt the urge to speak up, but have never had the courage to as it is not common in Singapore.

After reading the article, I resolve to call out those who behave ungraciously.

Lyssetta Teo

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 27, 2015, with the headline 'Standing up to rudeness'. Print Edition | Subscribe