Man’s Outburst After Teen Warns Him Not To Smoke At Mamak Restaurant Goes Viral
The man in a green shirt pompously told the teen that even the workers there didn’t dare to warn him about smoking so why should him?
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It’s bad enough that you had to encounter a smoker ignorantly letting the public inhale his secondhand smoke, but it’s absolutely the worst when you get challenged by him after telling him off for doing that. Especially when they play the seniority card, even though they’re clearly in the wrong.
Recently, a video of a middle-aged man berating a group of teen boys at a mamak restaurant went viral on social media. In the video uploaded by @bckupacc99 on Twitter, a grey-pony-tailed man in a green shirt was seen scolding and pointing fingers at a teen boy in a white jersey who is seen challenging him.
Based on the story, a group of boys saw this man smoking at a table behind them where there was a “no smoking” sign clearly plastered on each table. When they told him off about it, he became enraged and told them that even the workers there didn’t dare to warn him.
“What officer are you? Even the mamak here didn’t have the nerve to say anything to me,” said the man. He even added sarcastically that he didn’t even smoke in front of the boy’s face.
The boy replied that they had warned him politely at first, so why was he being rude and making a scene.
That’s when the man lost his temper and started pointing at the boy, while another boy attempted to restrain him from causing any physical drama.
Then the video cut to another clip explaining what happened before the debacle.
tegur sebab hisap rokok, terus nak angin pic.twitter.com/5CDETVqBWQ— ًِ (@bckupacc99) April 30, 2023
Netizens fully stand behind the brave group of boys
No doubt that the old man felt challenged when a teen scolded him for doing the wrong thing, but a lot of people agreed with the boys’ way, even if it may seem a bit rude.
aku perokok gak… tp sokong budak tu tegur… kite sebagai perokok kalau nk mati sila mati sorg2 dan jgn libat kan org lain… aku kalau kat kedai mkn pon akn tegur org yg isap rokok kat kedai.. lg2 kalau aku bawak anak kecik…— Usha Je (@UshaJe360) May 1, 2023
The boys that tegur this stupid ass uncle are my son’s schoolmates. They are form 4 boys and they know right from wrong. No smoking means no smoking lah. That old fart is really too much. He was just telling me about this and I saw that video. 😅😅 https://t.co/AEO6bDgA92— Nushi (@AnuNushi) April 30, 2023
Most of them think that the polite way wouldn’t work for these types of inconsiderate people.
Kalau dah cakap tak boleh hisap rokok dan pak cik tu degil. Takkan you nak budak tu tulis formal letter ke just to tegur?— Ceddy (@CeddyOrNot) April 30, 2023
“Dengan dukacitanya saya ingin memaklumkan bahawa merokok adalah dilarangkan di premis makanan. Sila pakai otak sedikit lain kali.”
While agreeing that the old man was wrong, one person tried to give a suggestion for youngsters to better warn elderly people.
Standard saya tegur orang tua mcm ni.— Faris Noor (@farisnoor89) April 30, 2023
Muka senyum “maaf pakcik, nak cakap sikit sini RASANYA tak boleh merokok. Boleh pakcik merokok kat luar premis?”
Setakat ni ayat mcm ni berjaya.
Setuju, pakcik tu salah, cuma nk tgk brade tu tegur mcm mna.
No.— Khairul Hafidz (@khairul_hafidz) April 30, 2023
Perokok hanya boleh merokok 3m dari meja terakhir tak kira di dalam atau di luar, bukannya boleh merokok di meja yang ditempatkan di luar dari restoran.
Do not STFU mereka yang berani tegur atas kebenaran, it is those who smoke should STFU & smoke 3m away. https://t.co/4sUSGV6LeE pic.twitter.com/QWybXFrt7h
The Health Ministry reacted to the tweet, saying they took note of the incident and thanked the boys for their concern.
Kami ambil maklum dan terima kasih atas keprihatinan saudara https://t.co/mItAngB2zs— KKMalaysia🇲🇾😷 (@KKMPutrajaya) April 30, 2023
Here’s how you can report
Those caught smoking in a prohibited public area can be slapped with a RM250 compound for the first and second charges, while the third will be RM350. This also applies to premises owners who fail to ban smokers from smoking in their area.
Here’s a way for you to report someone smoking in a public area without confronting them.
- Name the restaurant and its location
- Take a picture or video of the individual smoking at the premises
- State the time and date of the recording
- Send it to this WhatsApp number: 010-8608949 or click this link: wasap.my/60108608949
- You can also report via a phone call at 03-88924530
Besides reporting the smoker, you can also report the premises’ owner for not having a “non-smoking sign” at their premises.
This!!! pic.twitter.com/yleMijttFb— M g t S h r z m n (@megat_sharezman) April 30, 2023
Report or don’t, seems like things will never change…
However, since the implementation of non-smoking areas in 2020, it seems like not much has changed. Yes, people are indeed more vigilant about smoking in public, but there will still be those stubborn and intolerant people who will make a scene when they are asked to smoke somewhere else.
Even those who reported the acts to the government’s number didn’t see anything done about it.
So how would you handle something like this in public? Would you make a scene or simply walk away?
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