Saturday, 27 July 2013

Taking free items in bulk is criminal misappropriation



People seem to be helping themselves to more than what they need at self—help counters at fast—food chain McDonald’s.

At a McDonald’s outlet in Tampines Mall, people took napkins, sauces, or even free drink refills in bulk, and paid no heed to warnings by staff.

Although it is not considered as theft, the actions amount to criminal misappropriation. Those found guilty could be jailed up to two years, fined or be liable to both.

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Which eatery has the best toothpicks? Din Tai Fung, says labour chief Lim Swee Say
When labour chief Lim Swee Say goes to Chinese restaurant Din Tai Fung, his eyes are peeled not so much on its dumplings and noodles, but on its toothpicks. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
When labour chief Lim Swee Say goes to Chinese restaurant Din Tai Fung, his eyes are peeled not so much on its dumplings and noodles, but on its toothpicks. -- PHOTO: DIN TAI FUNG

When labour chief Lim Swee Say goes to Chinese restaurant Din Tai Fung, his eyes are peeled not so much on its dumplings and noodles, but on its toothpicks.

He likes them because they are well-designed and of good quality.

"Many restaurants give you toothpicks, but the toothpick is so big it can never go through, but this one is so fine that whatever is inside sure can come out," he said on Monday.

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Govt’s handling of recent cases: Lim Swee Say

On 22 July, NTUC Chief, Lim Swee Say, was reported to have said that he likes the toothpicks from the Din Tai Fung restaurant, so much so that he “can never resist” to “pinch” half a box each time he visits the restaurant.

“They always serve in a pack,” he told reporters at BreadTalk Group’s new headquarters in Tai Seng. “And because I go there very early – 10.30 in the morning – always full right. And guess what? By the time I left, normally right, it’s half left. The other half is in my pocket.”

His remarks and admission drew criticisms from the public who chided him for displaying the worst traits of a “kiasu” Singaporean – one who hoards things and disregard others. While some of the criticisms were overboard, the gist of them is still valid – especially when one considers that the government has spent millions of dollars throughout the decades to inculcate and promote a “kind society”.

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Of toothpick-gate and handshake-gate

Lim Swee Say was telling reporters how Din Tai Fung had the best toothpicks

Just quite recently, we were entertained by labour chief Lim Swee Say’s take on the eatery with the best toothpicks. The eatery in question is Din Tai Fung, which serves dumplings and noodles.

Lim unabashedly tells reporters that he went to the eatery very early at 10.30 am, and helps himself to the pack of toothpicks. Initially full, the pack will be half full by the time Lim left, with the other half in his pockets. He even showed reporters the toothpick that he pocketed. The spokesman for Din Tai Fung said that customers are free to use as many toothpicks as they like.

Lim wanted to make a point about being attentive to details. If the irony was not lost on the PAP, where was the attention to details when Mas Selamat escaped, when parts of Singapore was flood-prone, bringing in too much foreign labour that result in wages depression and creation of additional problems..the list goes on.

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It’s tooth-picking good!


Is it lunch-time already? Where’s the nearest Din Tai Fung? It’s got the best toothpicks, said labour chief Lim Swee Say, so slim that it can get between your teeth to dig out your lunch remnants. Save on flossing!

Go take as many as you want. Din Tai Fung says you can. How wonderful that the Chinese restaurant is so understanding of the Singapore spirit of kiasu-ism. Mr Lim actually confessed to taking half a box everytime he ate there. He even has them handy in his shirt pocket!

Oh. Is it minty too?

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Lim Swee Say can never resist Din Tai Fung toothpicks

Masked crusaders need clean teeth

According to Lim Swee Say, the measure of a company’s success is how it pays attention to fine details. He also believes they should emulate Lady Gaga. The DTF toothpick is unusual in that it resembles an interdental brush, with bristles to give our labour chief’s oral cavity a ‘shiok’, clean feeling after every meal. Perhaps the restaurant should sell their designer picks as a side merchandise considering they have one very rich customer who’s an obvious fan of their product, an addict even.

I never had much success with the traditional wooden picks myself, but now that the Minister has put his stamp of approval on this tiny marvel of dental engineering, I simply have to give it a shot. Now I can dislodge little pieces of xiao long bao with a touch of sophistication, when all I was doing in the past was poking twigs between my gums like a caveman. Thank you Sir for showing me the way to refinement and good taste.

After this endorsement, you’re likely to have some kiasu, ugly Singaporeans following the Minister’s example and taking home half box fulls of quality toothpicks to save money on Oral-B products, a behaviour more commonly known as bad etiquette or miserliness. Maybe Lim Swee Say is a stickler for oral hygiene, but this is just shameless.

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The Secrets Behind Lim Swee Say's Message

So says the article by Amelia Tan [link] from Straits Times, the bearer of right news. I bled my eyes as a sacrifice by reading the article over twice. Mean feat, I deserved to be knighted just for that. Are SPH hard up to use up precious space in their newspaper? Can't they insert more ceiling cleaning articles or something? This might be an indicator I should sell up my SPH shares

My beloved primary school English teacher Miss Ong used to grind us through reading newspaper articles like that and writing our thoughts on them. I didn't even know where to start. Normally I could pick up any sort of propaganda by running my Bullshit Detector V1.4 software over the article but it failed me badly for the first time today. What was the message that Amelia Tan encrypted in her article? She must be a master in this trade. I'd love to meet her up for a cup of coffee during my return to Singapore soon

Is this one of those clever advertising ideas by our creative gurus? Viral advertising or something, is that what they call it? I'm sure Din Tai Fung will get plenty of business after this. They might even put up Lim Swee Say digging his cavity with their perfect toothpick as their poster boy. I'm sure that will boost the appetite of the silent majority who dine there, going by the fact how much they enjoy Nasi Lemak, Chikus, Abalone porridge and other whatnots.

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Yao Gui Sia Suay Lim steals toothpicks home from Din Tai Fung?


Jason Phua saw this high credibility article on straits times newspaper today and wants to share it with the other readers. Please NOTE this is NOT a satire article

When labour chief Lim Swee Say goes to Chinese restaurant Din Tai Fung, his eyes are peeled not so much on its dumplings and noodles, but on its toothpicks.


He likes them because they are well-designed and of good quality.

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Minister Lim Swee Say is a DISGRACE to Parliament, stealing toothpicks from Restaurant

In fact, he revealed with a laugh, the Din Tai Fung toothpicks are so good, he "can never resist" - he always takes half a box of them during each visit.


"They always serve in a pack," he told reporters at BreadTalk Group's new headquarters in Tai Seng. "And because I go there very early - 10.30 in the morning - always full right. And guess what? By the time I left, normally right, it's half left. The other half is in my pocket."

In fact, Mr Lim had a Din Tai Fung toothpick on him, and showed it to reporters.

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So Zorro Steals Toothpicks?
I wouldn’t call it pilferage but toothpicks I steal too

Those righteous among you screaming “sin” “sin” go ahead and cast the first stone only if you have never pinched a pencil from a seminar, or a small plastic bottle of shampoo from a hotel room, or wiped your dick on your girlfriend’s bedsheets as you leave her house.

Truth be told, toothpicks seem like a hot favorite. I know a girl who would empty every toothpick holder she sees. Well, maybe she has lots of gaps in her teeth. For sure, some Chinese restaurants seem to try to beat toothpick stealers in their game – haven’t you noticed how nowadays most Chinese restaurants set aside with the cutlery, one, yes, just ONE toothpick per diner.

What I find truly amazing is the amount of chatter that toothpick story has generated.

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Game Over

It is disconcerting, though, when a millionaire minister has acknowledged publicly that he purloined half a box of toothpicks from a fancy restaurant. Toothpicks which were meant for the use of other patrons as well, not just his gauche fetish of picking teeth in public.

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Anonymous7/24/2013 5:19 PM
The crybaby ex-Minister, and the toothpick Minister, in the Prime Minister's Office? Toothpick/Zorro pockets the picks, and while at NTUC, picks the pockets of workers? His toothpick lark has turned into a slapstick on himself. I can't imagine a more silly and bone-headed admission, rivalling the PM's "fix the opposition", "mee siam mai hum" or "free smoke and free pork soup in Beijing" joke. Ouch. It appears they are having a lark at the PMO. Speaking of PMO, the CPIB, reporting to the same, has it's own corruption, in the person of Edwin Yeo Seow Hiong. Integrity indeed, under the PM's own charge.

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"Din Tai Fung toothpicks are so good" says labour chief Lim Swee Say

In fact, he revealed with a laugh, the Din Tai Fung toothpicks are so good, he "can never resist" - he always takes half a box of them during each visit.

"They always serve in a pack," he told reporters at BreadTalk Group's new headquarters in Tai Seng. "And because I go there very early - 10.30 in the morning - always full right. And guess what? By the time I left, normally right, it's half left. The other half is in my pocket."

In fact, Mr Lim had a Din Tai Fung toothpick on him, and showed it to reporters.

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