Story and photos by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet TM
This is a true story.
The inscrutable and indomitable Travelling Gourmet TM keeps calm and uses Krav…
MAGA in Bedok Mall…my good deed for the day. There I was minding my own business drinking a Peppermint Cafe Latte in Starbucks which I normally boycott, BUT they had a 1 for 1 coffee offer…Working on some reports on my laptop I heard very loud beast-like screaming and yelling! I saw a young Chinese gentleman about 25 with muscular stocky shoulders running amok with a 3 & 1/2 inch blade sharp scissors in his left hand in a very threatening manner. Three other men were trying to calm him down. The violent screaming man kept screaming incoherently and did not respond. One of the men bravely snatched the scissors from his hand! At this point I decided to be a good samaritan and we all pounced on him. He had in the meantime rushed like a raging bull into the nearby Watch shop called H2HUB and was threatening the terrified female staff. We took him down. I was kind, seeing as it was Christmas and all, not to disable him too much. Just a nice persuasive finger lock and other stuff. Minimum force…He kept struggling and screaming, “Let me go!” Of course none of us was going to do that. One of the men shouted, “Don’t beat him!” The Mall Security arrived in the form of a tall thin Chinese lady with spectacles who stood stunned like a cabbage and clearly had NO clue what to do. I told her firmly, “Come here and put the plastic handcuffs on him!” She replied with a frown, “I don’t have plastic handcuffs..” C’est la vie!
Well we held him down till half a dozen uniformed Police officers arrived later. They handcuffed him in steel handcuffs. As they frogmarched him off I noticed the cuffs were not put on correctly. Never mind…as long as he was no longer a threat to all and sundry. The Police did a good job. A crowd had gathered. As usual, all glassy eyed zombies not doing anything but just wanting to see what was going on and take photos with their cell phones. The thin female Security Guard with NO plastic handcuffs kept shouting hysterically at the crowd, waving her arms excitedly, “No photos , no video, no pictures!!” OMG!
I went back to my Cafe Latte with aromatic peppermint notes. It had gone cold. Keep calm and use Krav Maga. What an eventful day…You have never lived until you have almost died.
Wed 27 Dec 2017
On 1st January 2018, Senior Investigation Officer R. Kiang of the Singapore Police Force personally called me to thank me for my help. It is always nice to be appreciated.