One contributing factor to the "choping" culture in Singapore is that most, if not all, office workers are released for lunch at the same time - 1pm.
If we stagger the lunch break - at noon, 1pm and 1.30pm - the lunchtime crowd can be spread out and there should be enough tables and seats.
Choping has led to disputes. It boils down to the shallow mentality of a minority of Singaporeans.
Space at hawker centres is scarce during the lunch hour, so we should show consideration to the person holding a bowl of hot noodles or soup and offer him a seat, even if there is only one available at the table.
Let this mindset spread, and in time to come, the choping culture can hopefully be eradicated.
Neo Poh Goon