Random stranger lashes out at woman on train to Tampines (Video)

Screenshots from the video of a man shouting in gibberish at a train commuter yesterday. Photos: Lakshme Subramannian/Facebook
Screenshots from the video of a man shouting in gibberish at a train commuter yesterday. Photos: Lakshme Subramannian/Facebook

One woman had a bad end to her day after a train commuter started yelling at her for nothing. 

Lakshme Subramannian said online last night that she was traveling home from work when a man began to spew what sounded like gibberish at her on the train, even yelling and staring at her with wide eyes. Her complaint to the station staff went ignored, according to her online post. 

“I was playing mobile game on my phone while waiting for my transit. Then suddenly I noticed someone was shouting loudly, I removed my earphones and realised a man sitting slightly opposite me was the cause of the commotion, worst part was that he was directing his shout at me.. I took a video of him,” she wrote.

Lakshme shared the 25-second video of the strange encounter online that showed the hostile man lashing out at her from his seat. The woman later reported him to the station staff at Tampines but was told to go to the police instead, she claimed. 

“I thought Singapore is a safe country where priority is given for safety, but here my plea for help was ignored,” she added in the post. “I hope the Singapore authorities will not take such behavior lightly if there is a commotion in a public transport or at least help to investigate on matters such as this.”

The incident has deeply affected her, according to Lakshme’s response to Coconuts a day after this article was published. She said that the man began to shout at her after she boarded the train in Tanah Merah at around 8:25pm. He alighted at Simei, one station before hers.

“I was [panicked] and [ended] the video the moment he stood up aggressively. [I] took the video as evidence [so I] can show to [the] SMRT staff […] I really got scared and I’m not recovered from the incident yet,” she said, noting that station staff were not able to help her since the man had already alighted.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with a response from the woman targeted in the video.

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