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Pelted with bread at Da Paolo

Post by Antipodean cous » Tue, 03 Feb 2004 4:32 pm

FEB 3, 2004
Pelted with bread at Da Paolo

I HAD an extremely unpleasant dining experience at Da Paolo restaurant in Club Street on Jan 26. I had gone there with a girlfriend, and was looking forward to catching up with her over a quiet dinner.

However, as soon as we sat down, someone started flinging pieces of bread in our direction. Horrified, I turned around and noticed an unruly group of Caucasian louts at the next table pelting us with bread and calling us to join them.

We tried to ignore them but they had made such a scene that everyone was staring. This appalling situation did not go unnoticed by the staff, who were apparently too scared of the drunks to do anything.

Unable to bear it any longer, I requested a waiter to ask them to stop their childish and deplorable behaviour. However, to my dismay, the waiter actually told my friend and I to move to another table.

By now enraged, I summoned the manager. He apologised but asked if we could move elsewhere. It was absurd that we had to move when the ones causing the commotion were allowed to remain. Only when I insisted that he took action did he muster his courage and politely approached the belligerent Caucasians to plead with them to quieten down. Yet as he was talking to them, they continued throwing bread at us.

Their obnoxious behaviour not only irked my friend and I, but it also annoyed everyone else in the restaurant. Ironically, it had to take another Caucasian to warn them to behave themselves and to curb their vulgar language.

I am shocked that a res-pectable establishment like Da Paolo is so ill-equipped to deal with such offensive and rowdy customers.

Looking at the deferential treatment the staff accorded the drunk Caucasians, one would have thought that we were still living in colonial times.

LYANNE TAN RUILIN (MISS)

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Post by Guest » Tue, 03 Feb 2004 8:02 pm

:oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops:

Is all I have to offer you. Apart, of course, from my sincere apologies.

I hope you don't conclude that all Caucasions are drunk obnoxious louts. We aren't.

I do, neverthelsess, feel for you.

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antipodean cous

Post by antipodean cous » Thu, 05 Feb 2004 11:05 am

No worries. It is not another one of those 'ang mo' bashing posts trolling for flames.

Speaking as a kiwi myself, you just have to roll your eyes :roll: at how some people behave. But then some folks behave that way back home too.

What is sad is the unwillingness of the manager to stand up to these louts. I quite often cringe :oops: at how subservient some of the locals are when a caucasian is around. Can you imagine just how bad it must have been back when this place was still a colony?

My biggest worry is that my kids might pick up such 'superior' attitudes towards people of other races too.

Cheers to the folks who stood up to the bullies.

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Re: Pelted with bread at Da Paolo

Post by kosuiko » Sat, 19 Jun 2004 4:56 pm

Antipodean cous wrote:FEB 3, 2004
Pelted with bread at Da Paolo

I HAD an extremely unpleasant dining experience at Da Paolo restaurant in Club Street on Jan 26. I had gone there with a girlfriend, and was looking forward to catching up with her over a quiet dinner.

However, as soon as we sat down, someone started flinging pieces of bread in our direction. Horrified, I turned around and noticed an unruly group of Caucasian louts at the next table pelting us with bread and calling us to join them.

We tried to ignore them but they had made such a scene that everyone was staring. This appalling situation did not go unnoticed by the staff, who were apparently too scared of the drunks to do anything.

Unable to bear it any longer, I requested a waiter to ask them to stop their childish and deplorable behaviour. However, to my dismay, the waiter actually told my friend and I to move to another table.

By now enraged, I summoned the manager. He apologised but asked if we could move elsewhere. It was absurd that we had to move when the ones causing the commotion were allowed to remain. Only when I insisted that he took action did he muster his courage and politely approached the belligerent Caucasians to plead with them to quieten down. Yet as he was talking to them, they continued throwing bread at us.

Their obnoxious behaviour not only irked my friend and I, but it also annoyed everyone else in the restaurant. Ironically, it had to take another Caucasian to warn them to behave themselves and to curb their vulgar language.

I am shocked that a res-pectable establishment like Da Paolo is so ill-equipped to deal with such offensive and rowdy customers.

Looking at the deferential treatment the staff accorded the drunk Caucasians, one would have thought that we were still living in colonial times.

LYANNE TAN RUILIN (MISS)

Copyright @ 2003 Singapore Press Holdings. All rights reserved.
Da Paolo replied to ST. Why didn't you post it?

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