SINGAPORE — A 42-year-old Singaporean woman will be slapped with three charges in court on Wednesday (10 June) for verbally abusing and spitting at a KFC employee in its NEX outlet, said the police.
In a press release on Tuesday, the police said the woman will be charged with intentional harassment, using criminal force, and breaching safe distancing regulations.
The police said they had responded to the 22 April incident, where the woman had allegedly pulled down her mask before verbally abusing and spitting at the KFC employee.
“Through investigations, officers from the Ang Mo Kio police division established the identity of the woman and arrested her on 24 April,” added the police.
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.
“The police takes a serious view of such abusive and irresponsible behaviour, especially in the current COVID-19 situation,” said the police.
“Everyone needs to play their part by being socially responsible, observing good personal hygiene, and being considerate to others, especially to service staff who continue to serve the public to the best of their efforts during this difficult period.”
If convicted of intentional harassment, the woman 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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