In the past, we’ve heard stories of people using their own bodies to ‘chope’ parking spots, but how about a chair with a sign threatening to ‘destroy’ your car?
This was the case with a bakery in Kota Kinabalu, where such a sign caused a storm on social media and eventually resulted with its owner issuing a public apology.
Sign threatening to ‘destroy’ cars parked at bakery goes viral
According to a photo which has been shared widely on social media, it showed a chair placed at a parking spot outside the bakery, presumably an attempt to dissuade others from occupying it.
However, what offended many the most was the message that was written on it, which was as follows:
Please do not move this chair if you don’t want your car to be destroyed!
Needless to say, netizens didn’t take the message too kindly and proceeded to condemn the bakery for putting out the rude sign in plain view.
“Threatening words to citizens and the boss dared to challenge authorities? Take stern action at this kind of arrogant and selfish boss.”
“Wah, (they are) really brave in writing (the sign).”
“Even gangsters don’t act like this. The city council should order the bakery to close for 14 days as a lesson!”
Bakery boss apologises and offers 20% discount
Following the backlash from netizens, the owner of the bakery wrote a lengthy Facebook post explaining the other side of the story.
In the post, he said that the sign was meant to inform customers not to park their cars at the specific spot as a new signboard was being installed on that day and didn’t want their cars to be damaged in the process.
However, he acknowledged that better words could have been chosen for the sign as it sent out the wrong message.
I take full responsibility for this mistake and we will take extra caution in the future to prevent such misunderstandings.
“To show our sincerity in making the apology, we will be offering a 20% discount on all items at the bakery from May 3 until May 9,” he wrote.
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