A customer took to social to complain about Kopitiam mugs that were chipped or served with lipstick stains.
A Facebook group Complaint Singapore member posted on Sunday (Nov 20) that he ordered drinks from Kopitiam in Bukit Panjang. “They use cups that are chipped off. It’s not safe for customers. Sometimes the cup also has lipstick stains,” he added.
The concerned individual attached a photo of the mugs, both with chipped sections on the rim and the handle.
Netizens agreed that chipped cups should not be used. “Bacteria can be collected on the chipped area. Obviously, hawkers don’t wash thoroughly. Best buy in Styrofoam cups,” said Facebook user Vasanda Letchimanah.
This was confirmed by studies on cracked or chipped dinnerware harbouring Acinetobacter, the most common infectious pathogen among hospital-acquired diseases found on broken plates, cups, and mugs.
“Broken dishes can house bacteria and raise your exposure to lead, in addition to the apparent dangers of slicing your hand or ingesting a stray chip,” noted iupilon.com.
It advised immediately tossing out any broken dishes as bacteria lurk in the crevices as they cannot be efficiently cleaned.
Netizens also noted it might soon be time for customers to bring their own cups to buy a beverage at the establishment.
Meanwhile, a netizen suggested finishing the drinks and throwing away the cups to prevent them from being reused. “Do not return to the tray return point,” he added.
The Independent Singapore has reached out to Kopitiam for a statement and will update the article accordingly. /TISG
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