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After opening his Grandfather Bak Chor Mee stall at a Siglap coffeeshop in May 2021, Terance Tham was doing brisk business serving customers his hearty minced pork noodles. But just months later, he shut his stall for good on Sept 1.

The reason? Errant kopitiam patrons.

Speaking to 8days.sg, the 53-year-old conveyed his frustration at having to grapple with the consequences of people flouting safe distancing rules for dining in. Despite a law stipulating no public consumption and sale of alcohol after 10.30pm, the coffeeshop had seen its share of drinkers who bought beer from the supermarket next door and continued merrymaking at the kopitiam until the wee hours of the morning.

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