Cleaner who felt waitress slighted him hurled obscenities and caused ruckus in bak kut teh restaurant

On May 2, 2018, Toh Kian Teck was sentenced to three weeks' jail after pleading guilty to one count each of harassment and mischief.
On May 2, 2018, Toh Kian Teck was sentenced to three weeks' jail after pleading guilty to one count each of harassment and mischief.ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

SINGAPORE - A cleaner spoke loudly in Hokkien to try to get the attention of a waitress who did not understand the dialect. He flew into a rage when he thought that Ms Cheng Weihui was ignoring him on purpose.

Toh Kian Teck and his friend Tay Soo Yong then created a ruckus at the Balestier Bak Kut Teh (Kian Lian) restaurant. A video of the incident went viral.

On Wednesday (May 2), Toh, 53, was sentenced to three weeks' jail after pleading guilty to one count each of harassment and mischief.

Tay, 51, a foot therapist, was fined $4,000 on Jan 23 for his threatening behaviour towards Ms Cheng, 27. He had thrown chopsticks twice at her.

Toh, Tay and two of their friends had gone to the bak kut teh eatery on Aug 19 last year after a drinking session. The court heard that they were observed to be intoxicated when they took their seats.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Lee Zu Zhao said: "The accused yelled in Hokkien that he wished to order some food but the victim did not understand Hokkien. The accused perceived the victim as having ignored him.

"Agitated, the accused threw chopsticks placed in a cutlery holder in her direction from where he was seated."

 
 
 

Tay followed suit as he also became angry over the perceived slight.

DPP Lee said Toh also shouted obscenities at Ms Cheng before he threw a chair at a rack and shoved a food steamer containing buns on the floor.

Still angry, Toh wanted to go after Ms Cheng but Tay pulled him back. The four friends then left the eatery.

"The shop was left in disarray and the shop owner suffered loss as various items... were left damaged," said DPP Lee. "The total value of the damaged items and food was at least $2,118.60."

For causing more than $500 in damage, Toh could have been jailed for up to two years and fined.

He could also have been jailed for up to six months and fined up to $5,000 for harassment.