Woman who allegedly abused, spat at KFC employee in NEX charged, to claim trial

(SCREENNSHOT: Randy Sia/Facebook)
(SCREENNSHOT: Randy Sia/Facebook)

SINGAPORE — A woman who went viral in a video for apparently verbally abusing and spitting at a KFC employee in NEX shopping mall was charged in court on Wednesday (10 June).

Lin Si Ting, a 42-year-old Singaporean, told the court she intended to claim trial and would not be engaging a lawyer.

In relation to the incident on 22 April, Lin was charged with failing to wear her mask over her nose and mouth at the KFC restaurant at NEX, at about 12.48pm, as well as telling an employee, “wait for you to die, wait for your whole family to die”, causing alarm to the employee. She then allegedly spat twice at the same employee.

She faces one count each of intentional harassment, using criminal force, and breaching safe distancing regulations.

A pre-trial conference has been fixed for her on 1 July.

Video circulated on Facebook

Lin’s identity was established and she was arrested two days after the incident, according to the Singapore Police Force.

In a widely-circulated video that was shared over 8,600 times on Facebook, a female customer could be seen shouting loudly at a KFC staff member.

In the same video, she could later be seen spitting twice at the employee before walking off. KFC had lodged a report following the incident.

If convicted of intentional harassment, Lin faces a fine of up to $5,000, or a jail term of up to six months, or both.

For using criminal force on a person, she may be jailed for a maximum of three months, or fined up to $1,500, or both, if convicted.

A person who is found guilty of breaching safe distancing regulations can be jailed up to six months, or fined up to $10,000, or both.

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