Friday, October 10, 2008

To clear or not to clear?

The recent emphasis by the media, especially STOMP, on clearing of plates in food courts and hawker centres has gotten me thinking about the question "to clear or not to clear", hence the title for this post!

Yes, it is a considerate act to clear the dishes for the people that will be using the table after you. Just imagine going to a hawker centre during the peak lunch hour only to find table uncleared and no clean place to sit and enjoy your meal!

However, if such a movement of encouraging people to clear their plates and utensils after eating, will the rice bowls of the cleaners still remain? There will obviously be lesser needs to employ so many cleaners and more people will be out of jobs. This can be observed in retrospect when we used to have parking tickets with magnetic stripes issued at car parks and when you exit the car park, there will be a staff stationed at the counter to collect payment. However, with the inception of automated and electronic parking system, there is no longer a need to hire such staff anymore! Even parking wardens have been affected to a certain extent.

Thus, should we clear or not to clear? To have dirty plates or no rice bowl? The dilemma is there...

1 comment:

gyt said...

what is the use of clearing the tray only? someone still need to clean the table or throw away used tissue papers...