On My Mind

It's a shame we need fines to force us to clear table litter, return trays

Let's clear our own mess purely out of concern for the cleaners and the diners using the table next, and not because of impending penalties.

From June 1, it will be mandatory for people to return their trays and clear their table litter in public dining places.ST PHOTO: YONG LI XUAN

I once cleared a table at a foodcourt of dirty dishes that a family of strangers had left behind just as they got up to leave.

"Not shy," I said not shyly. They were careful not to look at or listen to me as I returned their tray so that my friend and I could use the table. They may be afflicted by the fascinating forms of voluntary blindness and deafness that arise only when spoken to by cleaners, waiters and one sucker who cleaned up after them.

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