Jalan Besar Eatery Sold Alcohol to Diners By Pouring It in Soft Drink Cans

Remember the COVID-19 Safe Management Measures (SMM)?

It feels like aeons ago, but this Vietnamese restaurant just got fined for violating SMMs and selling alcohol past 10:30 pm in December 2021.

Here’s how they got caught.

Seats Not 1M Apart

After seeing the crowds at MBS on New Year’s Eve, it’s hard to believe everyone was a metre apart a year ago.

According to the COVID-19 regulations back then, all eateries had to ensure that their seats were one metre apart from the neighbouring table of seats.

However, when Safe Distancing Ambassadors visited Foch Road’s Am Thuc Vietnam, or Lau De 44, on 11 December 2021, they found their seats were only 52cm to 82cm apart.

That was the first, but not the biggest, oopsie they made.

Sold Alcohol in Soda Cans After 10:30 pm

According to regulations, food and beverage (F&B) outlets are not allowed to allow diners to continue consuming alcohol after 10:30 pm. They’re not supposed to sell alcohol after 10:30 pm too.

Imagine the Safe Distancing Ambassadors’ surprise when a bunch of diners were drunk… at 11:08 pm. With a bunch of soda cans on the table.

Give chance leh, what if they were just on an intense sugar high after all those sodas?

The ambassadors decided to check by pouring the drinks into a glass, and lo and behold — it was full of beer, not soda.

Upon further questioning, the diners confessed that although the restaurant staff told them that they couldn’t sell alcohol after 10:30 pm, the staff didn’t stop them from pouring their remaining beer into soda cans.

The staff probably thought it was clever to hide the beer since they decided to sell more beer in soda cans.

If only your seats were 1m apart… then perhaps the ambassadors wouldn’t have had the chance to look so closely.

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Fined One Year Later

On 30 December 2022, over a year after they got busted, restaurant representatives appeared in court and were held guilty of the two offences.

They apologised for their actions and promised not to repeat them, pleading for a lighter sentence. They were ultimately fined $5,500.

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Featured Image: Shin Min Daily News