In 2021, Singapore implemented a groundbreaking policy, making it mandatory for diners to return trays and clear tables when eating at hawker centres. This move had stirred some unease among Singaporeans at the start, but it has since transformed into a habitual practice.
The Viral Café Moment: Leading by Example
A recent TikTok video posted by Kopi & Kueh, a café in Port Dickson, showcased a young Singaporean couple demonstrating exemplary behavior.
The couple, though not obligated to return their trays in Malaysia due to the absence of fines, stacked their used plates, bowls, and cutlery onto a tray before leaving. This simple yet considerate act earned them praise from netizens and the café’s staff.
In the footage, the man not only returned the tray but also ensured the area was tidy. He pushed his bench under the table, while the woman neatly tucked the chairs she used. This attention to detail goes beyond the norm and sets a new standard for responsible dining behavior.
The Ripple Effect: Beyond Tray Returns
After returning their tray, the woman took an extra step by clearing the table behind them. Although not her responsibility, this act of thoughtfulness impressed café operators and highlighted the couple’s exceptional consideration.
Despite lacking a designated tray return corner, the café staff expressed gratitude for the couple’s considerate actions. The unexpected help in managing the aftermath of messy tables showcased the positive impact of responsible dining on restaurant staff.
Impressions Beyond Borders: Singaporeans Making Waves
The incident not only made waves in Singapore but also reached Malaysia, where the couple’s actions were seen as a positive example. The influence of Singaporean dining etiquette transcends borders, emphasizing the impact of societal changes.
In the video’s caption, the café expressed a desire to see more customers following the couple’s lead. This suggests a collective yearning for a shift in dining norms, with establishments hoping for increased customer responsibility.
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