FT STALL OWNER AT BEACH ROAD HAWKER GIVES PRIORITY TO CUSTOMER OF SAME SKIN COLOUR

I was at the basement level of Beach Road Hawker Center and wanted to order a cup of sugar cane. The Indian stall operator was not at his stall as he went to send an order to a customer, so I waited in front of his stall.

An Indian customer came and waited behind me. What shocked me was that when the Indian stall operator returned, the Indian customer just simply told him in Bangla his order and I was totally ignored.

I asked the Indian stall operator why he chose not to take my order when I was in front and the other guy was queueing behind me. He abruptly just told me off…. “What’s the big deal, brother?” I was so perturbed that I just walked off n I saw both of them sniggering. So I was wrong?

I don’t know about you but it certainly irked me and I would like to ask readers whether it is a common thing to be discriminated upon and having same skin color to be served first.

The Bangla customer was firstly rude to have ordered first, knowing jolly well that I was there earlier, but the stall operator could clearly see that I was in front. Next, what did he mean ‘What’s the big deal?’ It certainly is a big deal when one is being race-discriminated.

Is this a big deal? What do you think?

Patrick Lam

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