STOMPer Moot was enraged by a comment shared online that said Singaporeans behaved like 'chimpanzees from the local zoo'. The comment was posted online by an expatriate in response to a Singaporean who complained that a corner seat at Wild Honey was allocated to a foreigner instead.
"Okay, so Wild Honey is a popular brunch place in Singapore. It's usually always crowded and one has to wait and queue to go in.
"So this guy, a Singaporean, Gary, was waiting to go in and asked for a table in the corner but was denied as it was for three, and they were but two.
"However, just after him, a foreigner with a companion also asked for the table and was given the table.
"Gary then posted his complaint on the Wild Honey facebook page, only to receive 1) a not-so-nice remark from the Director of Wild Honey himself, and 2) an insult from a man who says he is an American expat -- I believe on another site.
"That insult included a statement which read: 'The reason why restaurants and hotels discriminate against you is because your behaviour ranks somewhere in between pack wolves and chimpanzees are the local zoo. If you guys don’t smell so bad and learnt some manners, maybe they’ll treat you better.'
"Like that how? Really adding insult to injury.
"If that guy who made the comment really hates it here, no one's asking him to work here. Never, ever, make the people in your host country angry with you.There's at least 2 or 3 million Singaporeans here still, you know!
Plus hello, Wild Honey, CUSTOMER SERVICE where are you??? To push the fault to the patron is really fail. Ad it doesn't help that the director is also an expat..."
According to an online source, a Singaporean then challenged the American:
"How about it Robert? This Wednesday 25.04.2012. Clarke Quay. At the water fountain. 10.30pm. Show up and tell me whatever you have said face-to-face.
"C’mon, surely you have the cojones to stand by your statements? You seem very self-assured and very self-confident. As it is oft said, you 'talk the talk' but do you 'walk the walk'?
"As you said, grow a pair of balls. Why don’t you show us that you can stand by what you say?"
Wild Honey has since responded on its facebook page:
"Mr Tan came to the restaurant on Saturday morning and requested a three person table for a two person party. The manager explained that as it was a Saturday morning & the restaurant was expected to be very busy; he could only offer him a two person table that day.
"A group of two then came in requesting a table for three as they were expecting a third person to join them. They were ushered to the three person table however for whatever reason the third person did not show. At no point did Mr Tan complain to the manager but drew his own conclusions.
"We believe that this is a misunderstanding and have since sent Mr Tan a direct message to apologize for any inconvenience and unhappiness caused."