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A video of a man chiding his girlfriend, after the latter allegedly spilt a glass of water, has been circulating on Facebook.
The incident took place at a cafe in Malaysia, according to the caption provided on Fabrications About The PAP's Facebook page.
In the video, the man could be heard speaking to the woman in a condescending tone.
The woman cowers as she attempts to wipe away the water that she spilt.
Her boyfriend then stands, grabs her head, and places his face close to hers, while continuing to criticise her.
“So are you at fault, or am I?”
The altercation is intervened by another man, supposedly a stall assistant who attempts to pacify the agitated boyfriend.
The waiter points to the surrounding, seemingly to indicate that there were other customers in the vicinity who were uncomfortable with the verbal abuse.
However, the man replied:
“We’re just talking here.
“You go busy yourself with your chores.”
The waiter leaves, while the man shouts at the sobbing woman.
He asks the woman, “have I ill-treated you?”, before reaching for his wallet on the table.
Taking a stack of notes from it, the man proceeds to throw the money at the woman’s face, saying:
“You want money?
“Don’t you want money?”
The woman stands up and is pushed into a corner by her boyfriend.
“I pay for your food and housing.
“How dare you show me a face like that?”
Meanwhile, the woman pleads with him to stop, but her boyfriend berates her:
“It’s you who are suffering now, not me!
“You want money right?
“I’ve given you money!”
He then pushes her back into her chair and asks her to remain seated.
The terrified woman tries to stand on numerous occasions, only to be pushed back down onto her seat.
The dispute causes the waiter to return.
At this point, the man directs his fury at the waiter, shouting at him.
He then pushes his girlfriend who had stood up, back in her seat, before getting into a black car parked outside the cafe.
The video has angered many netizens, who felt that the man’s actions were boorish and disrespectful.
Said a netizen:
“This is garbage.”
Others felt that the video did not encapsulate the full story, and there were perhaps reasons for the man's outburst.
One netizen cited:
“It seems the guy said that everything is paid by him - food, expenses, even rent?
“It makes things a little clearer.
“Once the guy pays for everything, I mean everything, it's extremely hard for him to respect the girl.
“Over time, he will slowly grow to despise her, that he owns her.
“The concept of free-riding and ownership: "My house or your house?"
“The girl must have triggered the 'throw money' action.
“Maybe her demands went too far and he woke up that day.
“Yes, in public is terrible. The humiliation is unacceptable. But once the guy sees the girl for what she is - a girl who is with you only for the money - the frustration and realisation that she doesn't really love you (kicks in).
“The temptation to take revenge and humiliate her is overpoweringly strong for most guys. ‘You love money so much? Here, take it. In fact, here, take it all! I got more at home!’
“Like all couple quarrel video, we don't know the full story. I could have been that guy because I walked that path for 5 years. Luckily I never had reason to lose it that badly.”
Other netizens wonder if the entire incident was staged.
One netizen commented:
"Is this real or just an act?"
What do you think?