'Boiling hot' soup spills on boy, but man just keeps chatting

'Boiling hot' soup spills on boy, but man just keeps chatting

A MAN continued talking on his mobile phone after the bowl of piping hot noodles he was holding spilt all over the head of a boy at a foodcourt.

The incident, which happened at about 2pm on Wednesday at the Bugis Junction Food Junction, has left netizens fuming over the man's nonchalant attitude, Shin Min Daily News reported yesterday.

A woman, known only as Ms Shen, was so angry that she wrote about the incident on Facebook.

According to her, the unidentified man was holding a tray in one hand and a mobile phone in the other.

He then collided with a boy, who looked to be about seven, and spilt the entire bowl of beef noodle soup on the latter's head.

The Facebook post had been shared more than 3,000 times as of yesterday.

A noodle stall assistant, who wanted to be known only as Ms Huang, told Shin Min yesterday: "I saw a boy running behind his maid when he accidentally ran head-on into a man in his 20s who had just bought a bowl of beef noodles."

The man muttered an apology and returned to his seat, while continuing to chat on his phone.

The boy burst into tears.

"I work at a noodle stall and I know that the beef noodle soup must be boiling hot," said Ms Huang, 48.

"After he was scalded, the boy cried loudly and half his face was red.

His maid stood beside him, comforting him."

Passers-by and hawkers offered tissue paper to the boy and he was led away, still crying, by his maid to wash up.

The man was not too happy himself.

After the incident, hawkers and patrons approached the well-dressed man and scolded him, Ms Huang said.

She added: "I told him that I understood it wasn't his fault, but he should have comforted the boy on top of saying sorry.

To my surprise, he grew angry and swore at me."

According to Ms Huang, the man kicked a chair at the foodcourt before leaving in a huff.

myp@sph.com.sg


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