It is not the first time Singaporeans are labelled as inconsiderate. From issues in public transportation to queuing up for food, incidents regarding such self-centred people tend to happen.
One recent scenario that happened in Singapore, was when a lady hogged up a car park for AN HOUR when she had some problems with a complimentary ticket. Seriously, we kid you not. You guys can check it out and shake your head in shame and (disgust) at what Singaporeans have become.
And oh. Did I mention the complaints?
I am sure all of us have our own personal encounters with these less-than-thoughtful souls. Using tissue to reserve their seats to hogging seating areas in the library (What’s next? A plastic bag? Honestly…).
Has Singapore society evolved so much that putting others before ourselves is just too hard? Or maybe, it simply doesn’t occur to these people.
And, as is our job, my team and I have taken it upon ourselves to find out what the people of Republic Polytechnic has to say.
…not surprised, are you?
Out of the many interviews, only 1 kind soul has decided that Singaporeans are indeed gracious towards others around them. (We even gifted him with a bottle of lovely Coca Cola.)
However, this goes to show how much needs to be done to overturn society’s perception that Singaporeans are too stuck in their own worlds to know about their surroundings.
This is what you have been waiting for. LemonSqueeziy’s tips to handle these wonderful, adorably huggable inconsiderate people.
1. Open your eyes.
Yes, you’re absolutely right! Each of us have a pair – yeap, that means two each – of eyes.
Keep in mind that there might be that poor soul standing in the corner of the train. Like a frail old lady. Or maybe that pregnant lady with those two adorable kids.
You get the gist. They might need the seat more.
Set an example by giving up your seat so others may do the same. And if you’re standing, perhaps nudge someone to give up their seat.
Kindly, mind you.
It doesn’t hurt to be nice.
2. Be aware of your surroundings
Similar to the previous point, do take a moment and look at your environment.
One of the problems listed by the interviewees was how much of a ruckus others could make while completely disregarding that others may certainly not appreciate the noise.
If you are in a public place – say, the library – and you know it’s not meant for any volume higher than a whisper, do keep your volume down.
Or to be blunt, shut up.
3. Your patience needs exercising too
You are late, rushing for the train and you know you can’t miss it. Getting a downgrade or, god forbid, detention for being late is completely unacceptable.
Still, do remind yourself that, shoving your way into the train when the passengers have yet to alight would only delay the trip and also earn you a healthy amount of disapproval from other commuters (Or even less than favourable words.)
Be patient. Be understanding. & be gracious.
4. Graciousness teaches more than you think
Trust me. Setting that fine example goes further than you think it does.
Giving up your seat for someone who needs it more? Or even helping an old lady cross the street instead of pushing past her.
Your actions may imprint into the younger generations that it does not cost anything to be kind.
Well, that’s it for now. We hope that these tips have been helpful.