some gentlemen would wise up & buy food back to office to 'beat the crowd', or he may not get any seat even after his meal break is up.
And you must be that silly "aunty" type of clerks,, not performing even in your workplace,, kiasu,, narrow,, enclosed,, always there to argue for nothing,,, hit you on the skull right?? Aunty??
For one.... he or she certainly don't speak like the "boss" of "ang mohs" he claims to be.... the kind of childish remarks..... makes me feel more like Im talking to a primary school kid.
Haha.... pot calling kettle black... anyway,, i made my points...
Today, i had a group discussion with many of my friends on this subject. We touched on many grounds on issue relating to this practice.
Basically, my points are:
1. i need to make a difference between "reserving" and "choping". To many it is the same thing,, but i beg to differ.
2. I am not against reservation,, but i am against choping.
3. When a person reserves a seat,, there are many compeling reasons,,, like father and son or family sharing a table; a person carrying a lot of shopping items, a worker having a handful of files, a group of handicapped persons making a stopover for a meal, etc etc,,, and we look at the needs, the size, the number of seats taken, the way the seats are reserved,,, there has to be a substantiated reason for reserving a seat.
4. Choping is different,, it is just one of many office workers, simply placing a pack of tissue paper on an empty seat and claim "Preda Branca",,, and taking advanctage of others' kindness of not wishing to rake a fight. The practice is so prevalent now that many would think it neither right or wrong to do this. This is morally wrong, because this practice compromises other people's opportunity of using the seat, and these could be those who had arrived earlier but went straight ahead to buy their food first.
5. Often, what is considered as practical, time saving exercise to chope a seat often results in wasted opportunity for others who could have used the seats but prevented from doing so by such sheer lack of considerate practice.
6. In the global economy, we have witnessed how, overr the past 7-8 years, the industry has invented new ways to lose money when the old ways seemed to work just fine. Similarly, the old ways of using the seats were just fine and graceful when everyone respects another person's right of use without introducing the new tissue paper method to rob fellow citizen of the gracefulness of being courteous towards other seat users.
last time dun need to queue for food, just place order at the stall & wait to be served. with my butt on the seat i already chope it. but the old way was done away citing raising operating costs of hiring additional staffers.
maybe in places where i can pluck the chairs out i should bring it along as i queue up to order food?
very mountain turtle loh!!
I have no objection to this method of yours claiming "Preda Branca"...since you have made a substantiated effort to claim it...
The world is certainly a happier place to live in with one like you...
it seems that this discussion is getting a little too "passionate"
what is the topic again?
oh ya!... What is your stand on reserving seats using using Tissue in the Food Court etc.
It does not matter what you or I think, what matters is what the law says. The law says that such leaving around is littering and hence can be construed as such.
As for clearing of litter, as an individual, I can choose what litter I want to clear and what I do not want to clear. The law does not place an obligation on me to clear all litter once I consider it as such.
Even if I want to take the seat and clear the tissue paper, once again there is legally nothing wrong with that. The whole bringing up of litter is to offer a counter view that taking the tissue paper does not constitute theft.
The legal penalty for littering does not require an intention to litter before the offence is made out. Hence, it does not matter that a person intends or does not intend to litter.
Let me ask you, what if a person leaves the tissue on the table, and then queues up for food. He receives and important phone call and rushes off without retrieving the tissue. What then? Do we leave the tissue packet there forever since he reserved the seat? How does anyone even tell that the person will return?
In any case, even if it is not littering, it doesn't detract from my substantive view that I can simply remove the tissue paper and not get into any legal trouble.
whats so much to debate about? just go for a lunch in the cbd area alone, and try to find a seat after buying your food, you will get why this is practice.
obviously people who disagree with it doesnt work in the cbd or just having some ego problems with aunties and girls getting seats earlier than you.
if you would like to spend 1hour of your time trying to argue with other fellow cbd workers of why you have to sit on his/her tissue, feel free to do so.
i'm proud of fellow singaporeans practicing this, as it actually means we have reach a stage of mutual understanding that by doing this we will be efficient in having our lunch fast to have time spare for whatever you wish to do.
Whois saying we are uncultured? Wait till you try having lunch in some other country sitting there reserving seats for your fellow colleagues and next thing you know some strangers just sit next to you and disagree that you can reserve seats for anyone else.
I seriously don't find anything wrong with this practise. I work in CBD area for about 8 years now and i have seen alot of such practise. First of all, I like to make myself clear that I don't practise this at all, not even once.
I find that having someone sitting there to chop the table and putting tissue onto the table the same. In fact, using tissue paper chopping methods will benefit all. Eg. 2 groups of 4 person having lunch and 1 adopt the tissue paper chopping methods, the other adopts the human chopping methods. Who do you think will complete eating first and leave? Of course the group that adopt tissue paper chopping methods. Coz the other group got to wait for someone to buy and come back with the food, before he/she can go and buy his/her own food.
Unless people place their tissue there and never come back to claim it.. then i think this is wrong. If not, just to chop it and get their food, i think this is perfectly ok and same like having a friend to sit there to wait.
Why use tissue when it doesn have your name on it? Use a namecard.... i thought it might at least "hey THAT's MY namecard..." and not some generic tissue packet...
Singapore's a happening place! Love it!
It's just a bad and annoying habit. People who do it, know it's annoying, but yet they still do it. I think its a common human trait?
We can't do much except voicing out our "buay song". Hahahaha
Sure, just as you belong to the camp that does not find anything wrong with the practice; there are those who belong to the camp who find something wrong.
Since there are no laws prohibiting or allowing this practice, it will be the law of the jungle. Those anti-tissue people will just remove and site, and those pro-tissue people will continue to put there. It will be survival of the fittest and strongest that's all
For your second point, if you want to leave a friend there, the friend can beat off potential table stealers. If you leave your tissue there, then you are expecting that your seat will get stolen and hence, don't cry foul if it does get taken by another person. If you are the type who thinks that everyone will respect your tissue and not take your seat, then why not put something more valuable than a tissue? Leave your bag or laptop there lor!