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Will Singaporeans intervene in a couple's public fight?
by Benita Aw Yeong

How one man dealt with a couple's fight

Mr Adrian Chua was grabbing a bite at a fast food restaurant on Tuesday when he noticed a black-faced couple locked in a cold war.

Instead of minding his own business like a typical Singaporean would, the 41-year-old performed an unusually sweet gesture to get the pair to patch up.

He bought a cup of coffee and handed it to the man, and gave the woman a stalk of rose.

Explains the interactive and digital media lecturer from Nanyang Polytechnic: "I said, 'I notice you guys had a bad argument, being silent and all. So here's a gift from a total stranger who has faith that you guys will work it out.'"

The incident took place at McDonald's at Choa Chu Kang, at about 7.30am.

Mr Chua, who is divorced with one daughter, says the gesture was motivated by the desire to give the couple a catalyst to make up after their fight. "They just needed something in common," he adds. "They were a bit surprised, but I saw them talking after I walked away."

The act of kindness was his way of paying it forward, after being on the receiving end many years ago.

"I was studying in Australia and had forgotten to bring my wallet. I was stuck at a bus stop with no bus fare.

"A woman noticed, came up to me and gave me $10, telling me to buy something for myself to eat," he recounts.

"She really taught me an important lesson - that strangers would like to help if given the chance.

Hopefully my gesture will trigger them (the couple) to do something nice for someone else in future, give them some faith in humanity.

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Most Singaporeans won't intervene in public spat

It was supposed to be an act to see if strangers would step in to break up a quarrel between a couple, which could have turned violent.

But in only three of the "fights" did someone step in.

Of the three people who intervened in the quarrel, two appeared to be foreigners.

Why won't Singaporeans intervene in a couple's public fight?

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Most Male Interene With Ulterior Motive..They Hope To Get Chance
To Comfort The Lady And Hopefully Get Chance To Hop Into Bed With Her...
Posted by AnakSinga on Thu, 12 Dec 2013 at 16:47 PM
Most Singaporeans would hide under the skirt and complain.
Posted by Peter Low on Thu, 12 Dec 2013 at 15:04 PM
absurd and biased report target at smearing Singapore, we all know now on the street, you walk, every 5 ppl, 3 non singaporean!!! this author is out to smear and damage singaporean image to boast his/her popularity
Posted by optio209 on Thu, 12 Dec 2013 at 14:32 PM
Let's face it, in sinkapore, nobody cares about nobody but their own wallets.
Posted by Seekeroftruth on Thu, 12 Dec 2013 at 11:38 AM
Both these actor and actress are making the situation worse as everyone know it just acting. When it does really happened, no one care anymore, like the boy who cried wolf. Idiotic actor and actress or whoever got them to stage it.
Posted by Steinfield on Thu, 12 Dec 2013 at 11:34 AM
What if one fine day a traditional minded Ah Beng quietly walk up and smash a glass beer bottle on the head of the male-actor before kicking and smashing him up for "hero" himself to the female-actor with hidden agenda ???? Can the Ah Beng claim he saving a girl to the mata later??? Can the male-actor sue the Ah Beng??? :p :D :D

Posted by Small Fly on Thu, 12 Dec 2013 at 10:10 AM

simple explanation - their acting sucks; audience not convinced :rolleyes::rolleyes:
Posted by perceivedtobe on Thu, 12 Dec 2013 at 08:58 AM
again the FT loving SPGs at Team Diva out to make S'poreans look bad....good job!
Posted by PervertoSan on Thu, 12 Dec 2013 at 08:53 AM
Must see blood then people will step in le,

Maybe actor should slap till actress teeth fly out.

Singaporeans aware of candid camera la.

Posted by PowerPeople on Thu, 12 Dec 2013 at 08:32 AM
Can the actors be sure that the people who walked past are all Singaporeans?

And how many foreigners stepped in compared to singaporeans? Wasn't it in our education that taught us to take care of ourselves?
Posted by patfong00 on Thu, 12 Dec 2013 at 08:30 AM


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