A food court employee who was caught on camera using a fruit knife to scrape dead skin off her hand has been sacked after the video was posted on citizen journalism site Stomp.
Stomp said that a contributor named Renny sent in the video of the incident that took place yesterday (July 27) and called it "terrible and unhygienic".
She said: "I was having lunch with my family at Sun Plaza Kopitiam.
"A disturbing scene caught my eyes when I saw a lady who was working at the mixed vegetable rice stall, removing her dead cells from her hand with a knife."
The contributor went on to say that the employee did not even bother washing the knife after that, but simply wiped it with a receipt and placed it back.
The Straits Times reported that Kopitiam had issued a warning letter to the stall's tenant. The tenant then sacked the employee on the same night.
Kopitiam also clarified that the knife in question was for the staff's personal use. It was not used to prepare any food at the stall.
"Nevertheless, her behaviour was unacceptable and not in line with the high standards of hygiene Kopitiam sets at all its food outlets," said a Kopitiam spokesman.
The National Environment Agency (NEA) has contacted Stomp with regard to the incident.
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