Years ago, in Alexandra/Anchor point, I was holding a place for my colleague, and a guy in tie and all, came and sat down.triste wrote:I recently sat at a table that had been choped with a black business card. I didn't see the card, but even if I had, I probably wouldn't have realized it was meant as a chope. The young man who had left it started yelling at me, but I smiled, apologized and moved to the next table over, which I could tell dumbfounded him. Given the complete and total outrage I've witnessed over this kind of thing, I think a lot of Singaporeans don't realize this isn't a worldwide custom, and people who break "the rules" aren't trying to rile them up.
I told him that I am holding the next seat for my colleague and the guy went ballistic - like "if you want to reserve, but a bloody tissue on the seat .. "
I was a bit amused and asked him if it would have made sense if I lied across the table to say it is reserved ..
His face turned red, and my colleague, who is a very boisterous guy came back and rolled up his sleeves to challenge the angry guy.
I calmed him and told the angry guy in a loud voice "jeez, it's not like I am stealing your food man, go ahead, have the whole table. I will remember the tissue advice" and before he could say anything, grabbed my colleague and moved off to another table
the fellow was glaring and fuming, and I just wished he didn't choke on his food !
Stuff happens in Singapore, with unwritten rules