Couple in Toa Payoh hawker centre dispute arrested

Toa Payoh Hawker Centre dispute
(Photo: The Local Society Facebook video)

A couple who were allegedly involved in a spat at a hawker centre in Toa Payoh have been arrested.

A 46-year-old man and a 39-year-old woman were arrested for the offence of public nuisance, the police said in a statement early Wednesday (26 April).

The police said they had received reports on 23 April regarding the couple, who had allegedly used offensive language and force against a man, 76, at Toa Payoh Lorong 8 Market and Hawker Centre.

A recent online video showing the encounter has gone viral. Facebook user Janice Lim, who said that she was at the scene, recounted that after an elderly man approached a table with the intention of occupying a seat, a woman claimed that it was “reserved” with a folded umbrella and told him off.

A man was also seen bumping against the elderly man from behind in the Facebook video.

A woman who said she was the daughter of the elderly man also slammed the couple’s behaviour in a post online and thanked the members of the public who surfaced the video and “take action against the bullying”. She added at the end of the post, “To the ugly couple who did this to my dad, you know who you are..what goes around comes around.”

Police investigations are ongoing.

Any person convicted under the charge of public nuisance may be fined up to $1,000.

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