The management of a Tampines food stall has terminated a cashier after racist remarks were printed on a receipt given to an Indian customer last night.
The employee of Fatty Bom Bom Sizzle, which serves halal Western food, allegedly printed — in a mix of Tamil, Malay and Bahasa Indonesia — what loosely translates to “only three buns (for) stupid Indian pariah,” a photo of the receipt posted to Facebook shows. And trust us when we say the translation doesn’t really do justice to how offensive the terminology employed was.
The post, which has now been shared more than a thousand times, was posted by a woman named Sabira Ariffin, who said she had asked her male Indian friend to order three fried buns from the stall at Block 494 Tampines Street 45 as she was “too scared” to make such a small food order.
Her reward was not only the racist remarks, but having to see stall employees “laughing when they saw the receipt from their end,” she wrote in her post.
“My friend and I really loved your food. Now I can’t even bear to look at it,” Sabira said. “I’m sorry I ordered only 3 buns. I’m even more sorry that you have such staff.”
About two and a half hours after Sabira’s post came out, Fatty Bom Bom Sizzle responded with its own Facebook post just after midnight to apologize for the incident, saying they had fired the cashier in question.
“Firstly, we would like to acknowledge the mistake that one of our staff made earlier, (and) the insensitive and unprofessional comment that went along with the order,” the management team wrote in the post.
They added: “We would like to highlight that we have IMMEDIATELY TERMINATED the staff, and we have strict enforcement on such issues. We do not tolerate any rude, insensitive and (racist) comments within the team.”
Other than the Tampines location, Fatty Bom Bom Sizzle has outlets in Toa Payoh, Bukit Batok, Toh Guan Road, and Chai Chee.
In the comments section, a few people brought up their own less-than-pleasant experiences with staffers at the chain. Perhaps its time for another look into their hiring/training processes. We’ve reached out to the chain for comment and will update this story with their response.