Two men arrested for row at Balestier bak kut teh restaurant

A man wearing a black shirt is seen toppling a bun steamer at a Balestier bak kut teh stall. Photo: Screen shot of video posted by Balestier Bak Kut Teh (Kian Lian).

Two men aged 50 and 53 have been arrested for causing public nuisance at a bak kut teh restaurant along Balestier Road.

In a statement on Monday (21 August), the police said they received reports on Saturday (19 August) that a few men had created a scene at the restaurant. The men were said to be rowdy and allegedly toppled a bun steamer and threw cutlery at the staff, the police added.

The restaurant, Balestier Bak Kut Teh (Kian Lian), posted a video on Facebook of the incident on Saturday.

Four drunken Chinese men turned up at the premises and two of them threw various items at the staff and the counter area, the restaurant said.

“Male A & B approached the counter, throwing chairs, pushed the steamer, smashed the streamer and broke bowls,” it added.

The men left behind damages of at least $5000, according to the restaurant.

“Physical damages can be fixed and replaced. However, our staff were frighten and shaken to be terrorise in this manner (sic),” the restaurant said.

The 53-year- old man is also being investigated for a separate offence of rash act.

Anyone who is convicted for the offence of public nuisance faces a fine of up to $1,000. For the offence of rash act, anyone who is convicted may be jailed up to 6 months, or fined up to $2,500, or both.