SINGAPORE: “Please do not spit and blow your nose into the sink.” After seeing this sign posted over a sink allegedly located at an eatery, an online user contrasted Singapore’s 58th birthday with the need for such signs still.
A Reddit user took to the online forum on Friday (Aug 11) to share a photo of a notice warning people not to spit and blow their noses into the sink below it. “Singapore has reached its 58th birthday, yet we still require such reminders at eateries,” the netizen wrote.
The post garnered quite a lot of comments from other Redditors, making it a long thread where online users shared their two cents on the matter.
“Some of the sink is too near to the table (where) people (are) eating,” said one. “Imagine eating and beside you hear all those spitting, clearing throat, blowing nose (sounds). These places should not have sinks near tables.”
“And gargling their mouth and leaving all the food bits there. Ugh,” shared another. “Can do all the above but rinse off your own crap la. It’s as bad as not flushing.”
“There are people spitting and blowing their noses into the drains in public pools too,” wrote a third. “It’s disgusting, it’s disallowed, but nobody does anything about it.”
A fourth commented, “World class everything but hygiene behavior still third world, blowing your nose or spitting into the sink is ok as long as you wash up. I stay in Toa Payoh and everyday sure can hear some uncle spitting into the drain. Told NEA, they haven’t done anything about it.”
One online user called for the same sign to be put up by the airport’s water coolers as well, saying, “(I’ve) seen uncles doing that to the shock and horror of travellers who thought they are stepping foot into a first world country.”
Still, one shared, “This is nothing compared to the average HDB lift in AMK, posters to remind you of no spitting, no urinating, no feeding pigeons, no burning of joss papers in the corridors, no throwing garbage out the window, no hanging of dripping laundry, etc etc. No joke. And apparently it’s all needed in 2023.”