Police arrest men who wrecked Balestier bak kut teh shop

PHOTO: Facebook/Balestier Bak Kut Teh (Kian Lian)

Two men, aged 50 and 53, were arrested by the police yesterday (Aug 21) for making a nuisance of themselves at a bak kut teh stall along Balestier Rd on Aug 19.

Stomp reported the incident after Stomp contributor Dany alerted us to a video on Balestier Bak Kut Teh (Kian Lian)'s Facebook page of one of the men creating a ruckus.

In the video, he throws a container of chopsticks to the ground before taking a chair and slamming it into a rack of snacks nearby.

He then pushes over a bun steamer causing it to break and scatter across the floor in pieces.

The eatery estimated damages to be worth around $5,000.

According to Shin Min Daily News, one of the men had attempted to converse with a waitress in Hokkien, but the latter could not understand him, causing him to fly into a rage.

The police said in a release that the men were arrested for public nuisance after follow-up investigations by officers from Tanglin Police Division.

The 53-year- old man is also being investigated for a separate offence of rash act.

Man flips table, throws chopsticks at Balestier bak kut teh shop

  • A video on Facebook shows a man creating a ruckus at a bak kut teh shop at Balestier.
  • According to the caption of the video posted by Balestier Bak Kut Teh (Kian Lian) on their Facebook page, the incident took place on Aug 19 at around 2.37am.
  • In the video, the man who was clad in a black T-shirt, can be first seen sitting at a table outside the eatery with a companion.
  • Both of them then started throwing chopsticks into the premises.
  • At one point, the man in the black top threw the entire container of chopsticks onto the ground in the direction of the shop.
  • Thereafter, he took a chair and slammed it on a rack of snacks nearby.
  • Things however, did not end there.
  • The man pushed over a huge bun steamer, causing it to break.
  • Parts of the steamer and utensils were strewn on the floor.
  • Towards the end of the video, he flipped a table near where he was seated, and left the scene.
  • Balestier Bak Kut Teh (Kian Lian) said that the two men were last seen boarding a blue taxi.
  • They estimated damages to be worth around $5,000.

Anyone convicted for the offence of public nuisance under Section 290 of the Penal Code may be fined up to $1,000.

For the offence of rash act, anyone convicted may be sentenced up to six months in prison or fined up to $2,500 or both.

Police investigations are ongoing.

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