Worker who indulges boy: Kids are kids
It was the first time such an incident has happened to Madam Elaine Chan. But she has also encountered many caring and compassionate people.
One such person is Mr Joe Liew, 45, who works at Rice Roll And Porridge, a coffee shop two doors away from the 7-Eleven at Killiney Road which Madam Chan and her son frequent.
Her son, 10, who has Williams syndrome, has a tendency to touch the buttons on fans and it annoys most shop owners, she said.
But Mr Liew is one of the rare few who are kind enough to let her son have his way, to Madam Chan's gratitude.
Mr Joe Liew (right).
And Mr Liew is not even aware that the boy has special needs.
He told The New Paper in Mandarin: "No matter what, we cannot scold someone else's kids or their parents like that. It hurts their dignity. Imagine how the kids would feel?"
Mr Liew said what affected him the most was the woman insulting Madam Chan's parental skills.
"If I were the parent, I would be very sad because how you raise your child is a personal thing," he said.
Mr Liew, who has worked at the coffee shop for about five months, said he lets the boy play with the fan buttons because "kids are kids".
"I'm the youngest at home, so I have no younger siblings to play with. I'm always more than happy to play with and be nice to children," he said.