Everyone must have an impression about this recent incident when an old man is being pushed and bullied by a couple at Toa Payoh Food Centre:
After this video is released, there were outpours of sympathies for the old man and there were outcries for the Police to catch the couple. And they were caught:
COUPLE ARRESTED FOR CAUSING PUBLIC NUISANCE AT TOA PAYOH MARKET & HAWKER CENTRE The Police have arrested a 46-year-old…
So recently, the couple has been charged and sentenced to $1200 fine. The couple apologised in front of the camera with the woman sobbing all the way. She explained that her outburst to the old man that day was because she was going through a very tough time taking care of her grandmother who has advanced dementia.
And as expected, there were many who commented that the lady and her partner are “acting” and being “fake”. But seriously, do we need to be that harsh to the both of them? I think regardless of them being true or fake (seriously we will never know), they have been subjected to a harsher sentence than the $1200 fine and that is Trial by Public Opinions and Scrutiny.
Their faces have been plastered over the internet and guess how their colleagues, friends and family members will remember them. Imagine the shame. I think people naturally have the liking to watch others going through shit. We always like to eat popcorn, don’t we?
Some people will say there’s nothing wrong to comment about such phenomenon. There really is nothing wrong, just that when it’s your turn and others start eating popcorn, just so you know, it’s a show for them too. Looking at how anything can go viral, it’s not a slim chance.
You can accept the apology of the lady and her partner, or not. Who cares?
Who wants any popcorn now?