Woman arrested after hitting shop staff in Tiong Bahru


A woman has been arrested after a video of her hitting two staff members of an optical shop in Tiong Bahru Plaza was posted on Facebook.

In the viral video posted by Facebook user Gerald Teo, the woman was heard shouting expletives in the outlet of spectacle retail chain Owndays.

A “missing bracelet” presumably belonging to the woman and her allegation that she was being followed around appeared to have triggered her anger.

“I’m done with these Chinese girls, they keep chasing me everywhere in this neighbourhood!” the woman shouted.

At one point, a person at the scene said that she was calling the police and this prompted the woman to shout, “Call the police, you think I’m scared…go and call the MP!”

A woman was seen hitting two staff members of an optical shop in Tiong Bahru in this viral video. (Screenshot: Facebook/Gerald Teo)

A few bystanders and a security guard were seen trying to intervene and calm the woman down. One bystander confronted the woman and said, “You assault her! For what?”

Since the video was posted on Tuesday evening (4 April), it has attracted 1.8 million views and more than 77,000 shares in five hours.

In response to a query by Yahoo Singapore, the police said that on 3 April 2017 at about 9.57pm, they were alerted to an incident at 302 Tiong Bahru Road. A 45-year-old woman was arrested in relation to the case and police investigations are ongoing.

On Tuesday evening, Owndays posted a statement on its Facebook page giving an account of the incident. It said, “A female shopper came into our shop to hide from another lady who had become aggressive. Two of our team members attempted to assist the shopper and were assaulted by the aggressive lady. Our colleagues had been brave and maintained their professionalism despite repeated assaults by the angry lady. The police is currently investigating the matter and we are seeking legal advice.”

This story was updated on Wednesday morning at 8:40am to include the statement from Owndays.

 

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