Maybe the part of Singapore you live in is like that .. but .. not among the haunts of mineksl wrote: Though in a Country like Singapore, the good, bad and the ugly, exist like anywhere else in the world, though commonsense is lacking in Singapore, as we see time and time again in many areas of society.
My problem is .. if somebody left a huge suitcase at your door, blocking your way, are you expected to clear your cubby home apartment and safeguard the suitcase ???Even if a suitcase was in anyone's way, they have no right to kick it out of the way full stop, the act is in the kick, not the moving of the object if it is obstructing. Ignorance of the law is no excuse either! No matter how amusing it may appear.
Firstly, i am not a Singaporean .. and secondly, I was managing a entertainement place .. and I can tell you .. again, if I kept safeguarding left behinds, I need to rent a warehouse .. no kidding ..ecureilx shows us the light quite well, and the typical Singaporean attitude, though if it was his suitcase he was talking about being kicked out of the way, it would be another matter So I see it as a typical response from what kind of person?.
I dunno about this shop keeper, but I mentioned before .. the rule is not to use left behinds - and lest be accused of stealing (as you have blatantly proved. . ) but discard it if it is not considering a high value item ..Maybe the shop keeper kept it for their own kids for all we know and had no intentions of returning it though that would be stealing right ecureilx? Or maybe not in Singapore!
I don't expect the coffee shop aunty to keep my food, left unattended .. after all, the place if to be used for patrons, and if a patron disappears, the shop is supposed to call 999 and locate the patron or call for a fortune teller to see what happened to the patron ?? Happens to me, and happened to me .. I have ordered coffee and a call comes in that somebody is going to pick me up for an urgent work and I ain't got time to pack it or take it .. so am I supposd to come back 1 hour later and expect the coffee to be safeguarded ?? And talk of it .. if you visit bars, you know .. bars make money by selling drinks, not safeguard a miser's single beer for a night .. makes sense ??So ecureilx i would love to see your reaction at the hawker, if the old auntie comes along and tosses your meal in the bin, while you are relieving yourself in the toilet Now now, tell the truth! How would the typical Singaporean react?
Seems you have lost what I was trying to define ... and you picked me apart as a silly minded ... un-civic minded, petty minded singaporean ..
What a lot of people fail to grasp is, especially those who come from 'large countries', is that, Singapore being small, space is at a premium. Back home, if somebody was visiting my grandpa, and wanted to leave the car behind for a month, it would be ok .. in Singapore ?? Do you catch my drift or still think I have to foot the bill for somebody parking a car in my park ? Which is not free and I have to pay ??
I could go on .. a Singaporean colleague went to visit my home town, for a retreat, and he was wondering aloud if all the people in my hometown are mad, as everybody had been telling him to stay in their place for a day to do sight seeing .. which doesn't happen in Singapore when you are living in a two bedroom apartment and both rooms are occupied ..
And only when I told him that back home, space not being at a premium, people always have a guest room did it occur to him that it was normal in my place .. to offer visitors to put up if they wanna stay over ..
Anyway, me thinks that the thread has drifted wide off. .