Man seeks witnesses after being gashed by Turkish ice cream seller at Geylang Serai Bazaar

Mr Chow suffered a 4cm-long gash after a trick by a Turkish ice cream seller apparently went awry.
Mr Chow suffered a 4cm-long gash after a trick by a Turkish ice cream seller apparently went awry.PHOTO: COURTESY OF DERICK CHOW

SINGAPORE - A man who suffered a 4cm-long wound after a stunt by a Turkish ice cream seller at Geylang Serai Bazaar allegedly went awry is looking for videos of the incident to support his claims for compensation.

Mr Derick Chow, a 26-year-old business development manager, told The Straits Times on Thursday (June 8) that he was at the bazaar with his girlfriend on Friday (June 2) night when the accident happened.

"At about 11pm, after walking around, I decided to get an ice cream from the Turkish stall," he said. "My girlfriend was standing on my left side and after paying for the ice cream, they did the demonstration."

Turkish ice cream, or dondurma, is typically served with the vendor twisting the confection around a long-handled metal stick and teasing the customer by repeatedly snatching it out of his reach.

Mr Chow said the vendor first tried to "prank" his girlfriend before turning to him. He said the vendor was waving his stick in front of him, and as he was about to take the ice cream cone from him, he was injured by the stick and suffered a 4cm-long gash.

He said he took a taxi to Raffles Hospital and received 20 stitches for the wound on his forehead, which was "quite deep" and cost him more than $4,000 in medical bills.

Mr Chow said he wanted to get the money back from the ice cream stall's insurance, but is still in talks with the stall owner.

He said the owner asked for video evidence, and he has appealed to social media users for it, as some people were taking videos when the incident happened.

The Straits Times has reached out to the stall owner for more information.

In response to queries from The Straits Times, police confirmed a report was lodged over the incident.