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    Quote Originally Posted by ahboy168 View Post
    They are just trying hard to justify more FT by reducing FL so that the message to you is "you see ... Tighten labour already .. U clear your own plate ok... If u cannot take it, better stop compliant import more labour here.
    Trying hard to mix FT with FL ...
    Where we FTs got anything to do with cleaning plates one?

    We eat with hands and banana leaves leh.

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    If the thread title is pertaining to restaurants, then discussing this in a food centre, kopitiam or hawker centre context is a bit off topic.

    This takes time and is not a behavioral change that can be achieved in a short time.

    Even among restaurants, there are more than one type.

    • high end restaurants (fine dining)
    • hotel restaurants
    • mid size to large restaurants in other premises
    • fast food "restaurants"
    • very small food eatery that calls itself a restaurant

    I don't think restaurant owners want customers to return the crockery/cutlery/etc:

    • There will be too much traffic between the seats.
    • An open bin area in the middle of the restaurant for return of crockery/cutlery/etc with half eaten food etc... is an open eye sore.
    • How to explain the service charge to customers
    Fear of losing customers to other restaurants who do not practice this
    • What if an untrained and clumsy customer drops the expensive crockery on the floor and smashes them?
    • What if an untrained and clumsy customer drops the crockery/cutlery/half eaten food on to other seated customers on the way to the tray return bin?
    • What if some customers do return and some don't? This is very likely.
    • Restaurant wait staff become "spoiled" and refuse to clear any crockery/cutlery/etc insisting that is not their job spec.
    • If the dinner is an elaborate multi-course meal for many diners, the number of crockery/cutlery/etc is a lot. It is not a simple case of one plate, fork and spoon.

    Since it is a good example to start at the top, perhaps at the next Istana dinner or at a dinner where big guns attend or at company dinners attended by the CEO, top management and company staff - the relevant important people can clear their own crockery/cutlery afterwards. But if they say, don't be silly...they are different class altogether and surely you don't expect them to do this. They are not ordinary people. Well, maybe they are right.
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    by then, not much to show under my pants already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s1221ljc View Post
    Bro, we may not want it for ourselves, nor for our loved ones or relatives, but there are those who NEED it. Its true, given a choice who wants to do it? Its a painful sight, like seeing those cleaning toilets etc esp if it involved the old & frail. But have you taken a closer work at those who are actually doing this job? Have you seen old man & woman scrounging the bins at night? Sorry to say but I see more old & needy persons around, esp in view of the fear of a large number of those growing old soon. There is no shame about such jobs even if we dont like it as it is honest way to earn a living & I dont look down upon it. Do we blame the govt or society which is but ourselves?
    I am not talking about what makes a decent job. That's another discussion taken already to the silly extreme by the younger generations, rejecting any job that includes manual work above the keyboard warrior level...
    My point is: Why do these folks need these jobs? There is something wrong if a society purposely leaves certain jobs to the old folks so that they can earn a living - because the social / welfare / pension system is obviously a massive shortfall to give these old folks a decent living after a long time of hard work for family and company. Instead of developing smart solutions for fast return of tray and utensils what is maintained is a slow and labor-intensive solution, supporting a complacent and selfish mindset of the food court patrons. Secondly, don't you think that it would be actually betetr for these old folks to work in a fixed tray return station instead of pushing around carts heavily loaded? Again, have a look at IKEA ...
    I don't want to use any 1st world / 3rd world terms here, but to me smart solutions serve other purposes than complacency and patching up of holes in a twisted income / pension system. And just the fact that old folks do these jobs does not make it a good thing that can be kept.
    Blaming is pointless, although a large portion of the SG society has discovered this as their favourite past time, especially in the Internet. Blaming is pointless because that would suggest that there is or was a single source / person / decision from where the current situation originates. But there is no such thing as single source or cause. One can start with the design of CPF and its introduction, going over demographic changes, external influences and other factors to arrive at the current status. But what can be done is a) asking for tray return solutions; and b) using them; c) review the CPF and other systems to get these old folks a decent pension to live from.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ricohflex View Post
    If the thread title is pertaining to restaurants, then discussing this in a food centre, kopitiam or hawker centre context is a bit off topic.
    Both links clearly point towards food courts, hawker centers. So talking about any eating place at any higher level is a bit off topic, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ricohflex View Post
    Since it is a good example to start at the top, perhaps at the next Istana dinner or at a dinner where big guns attend or at company dinners attended by the CEO, top management and company staff - the relevant important people can clear their own crockery/cutlery afterwards. But if they say, don't be silly...they are different class altogether and surely you don't expect them to do this. They are not ordinary people. Well, maybe they are right.
    Ha ha I like this. I think the best way to drive this campaign is to have a picture of Lee Hsien Loong and Ho Ching clearing their own plates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Octarine View Post
    Both links clearly point towards food courts, hawker centers. So talking about any eating place at any higher level is a bit off topic, right?
    What about talk about stripping?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManWearPants View Post
    by then, not much to show under my pants already.
    It'll be a good show as long as you keep stiff.

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    Default Re: Return your crockery and utensils at restaurants?

    very soon govt will ask you to wash the plates yourself

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    Quote Originally Posted by SPhoto View Post
    very soon govt will ask you to wash the plates yourself
    Logical by their rationale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SPhoto View Post
    very soon govt will ask you to wash the plates yourself
    Nah.. most likely they tell you to cook at home, so you eat in office.. increase productivity

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    Quote Originally Posted by hanzohattori View Post
    Nah.. most likely they tell you to cook at home, so you eat in office.. increase productivity
    Like that not good for GDP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by An drew View Post
    Like that not good for GDP.
    then i think the end workflow might be this..

    1) buy your own food with 10% service charge cause the hawker is doing you a service by cooking your food
    2) rent your chair and table at a per 30min rate, higher rental for a nicer spot e.g. under a fan
    3) bring your own utensils to the washing area
    4) insert $1 coin to dispense water and soap for washing (additional $1 is required to dispense a sponge)
    5) insert $1 coin to dry utensils in dryer machine
    6) return the utensils to the particular stall at a $2 service charge because they help you to keep the utensils clean
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    Quote Originally Posted by SPhoto View Post
    very soon govt will ask you to wash the plates yourself
    I think it's best to divide us into communes.

    Some of us will be assigned cooking duties in the communes.

    Or bring your own noodles to boil in the common pot of your commune.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Windballad View Post
    then i think the end workflow might be this..

    1) buy your own food with 10% service charge cause the hawker is doing you a service by cooking your food
    2) rent your chair and table at a per 30min rate, higher rental for a nicer spot e.g. under a fan
    3) bring your own utensils to the washing area
    4) insert $1 coin to dispense water and soap for washing (additional $1 is required to dispense a sponge)
    5) insert $1 coin to dry utensils in dryer machine
    6) return the utensils to the particular stall at a $2 service charge because they help you to keep the utensils clean
    This is in line with our government's "Less is More" concept. Less service, pay more.

    Less loan amount, more interest rates.
    Less luxury cars to use Cat A COE, more people bid for Cat A COE.
    Bottom line is, we get less but pay more.

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    Ho ho ho, very nice campaign.
    Wasn't there a food center where youth volunteers were deployed force customers to return their utensils? Whoever runs the cleaning service/food center managed to pass the clearing cost onto the taxpayers/volunteers/customers. Better yet, society should label those who do not return as selfish, inconsiderate, lazy, etc etc and attach some kind of social stigma there. That way we can all hide the fact that what we're seeing is the withdrawal symptom from over-reliance on foreign labor and pretend it's an issue of lack of courtesy and social grace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArchRival View Post
    Ho ho ho, very nice campaign.
    Wasn't there a food center where youth volunteers were deployed force customers to return their utensils? Whoever runs the cleaning service/food center managed to pass the clearing cost onto the taxpayers/volunteers/customers. Better yet, society should label those who do not return as selfish, inconsiderate, lazy, etc etc and attach some kind of social stigma there. That way we can all hide the fact that what we're seeing is the withdrawal symptom from over-reliance on foreign labor and pretend it's an issue of lack of courtesy and social grace.
    Ha ha, exactly. After living the same way for almost half a century of hawker center dining we are suddenly told that we lack grace and courtesy when this is actually a manpower and money issue. The price increase in hawker food has easily surpassed the 10% service charge we see in restaurants. Might as well make us wash the dished like in army cookhouse.

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    Why not get school kids to patrol the food centres to force patrons to return their utensils?

    Sg can turn this into a community service kind of thing.
    School kids are required to fulfil a quota of community service hours anyway. MOE just need to up those hours so every weekend there will be one class deployed at each food centre. This activity instills discipline, kindness, consideration and leadership in the kids. After all, helping the 80 year old cleaning lady with her job can only be a good thing, right?

    Also, the food centre operator or coffee shop owner can pocket an ever larger profit. Children spend their time doing meaningful work instead of taking drugs. A total win-win situation for all.
    The perfect synergy resulting in higher privatised profits and hidden socialized costs.

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