Customer who wrecked Balestier bak kut teh shop allegedly angered as staff didn't understand Hokkien

The man who wrecked a bak kut the shop along Balestier Road was reportedly offended by a waiter’s inability to understand Hokkien.

The incident was earlier reported after Stomper Dany alerted Stomp to a video of the man’s violent outburst. 

According to accompanying caption to the video posted on  Balestier Bak Kut Teh’s (Kian Lian) Facebook page, the incident happened on Aug 19, at around 2.37am.

The man was seen toppling a container of chopsticks, throwing a chair, before pushing over a bun steamer. 

The 35-year-old shop owner told reporters that he was informed by his employees only after the incident and rushed down to the shop immediately. 

The owner said in dismay: "There were four people. They looked to be between 40 and 60 years of age. My employees told me they reeked of alcohol. 

"One of my workers had handed them a menu, while another arranged their cutlery, before leaving to retrieve a tablet to take their orders."

However, within the short span of five seconds, the man suddenly became enraged and started wrecking the stall.

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.

After the outburst, the men boarded a blue taxi and left. 

Police investigations are ongoing.