One thing you should know: don’t mess around in Geylang.
If you do, you’ll likely end up in a catfight—that’s precisely what happened after a landlord changed the lock at a Geylang eatery in consideration of the eatery owner’s rental arrears.
Landlord Changed the Lock of Geylang Eatery, Causing Catfight With Eatery Owner
In early July, a landlord decided to change the lock of a Geyland grilled fish restaurant, and not without reason.
According to the landlord, the eatery owner surnamed Zhang, had failed to pay her rent for six months.
The catch? She had only been operating the eatery at Geylang for approximately ten months.
Fantastic track record, I guess.
After realising the landlords had changed her store lock, Zhang decided to hire someone to open the lock. Of course, this wasn’t the end of the saga.
A few days later, the landlord and his wife appeared at the business’s doorstep to prevent Zhang from opening the store for business.
It might be a grilled fish business, but you can smell the beef cooking from miles away.
When Zhang tried to unlock the store, the landlord’s wife allegedly grabbed Zhang’s hand to stop her from opening the store. The landlord allegedly also held a stick to Zhang’s neck—the landlord and his wife denied this.
That’s not all. According to the landlord’s wife, even after the police subsequently arrived, Zhang continued causing a scene.
We’re surprised the catfight has yet to make its rounds on social media.
“My goal is simply to collect the rent. If Zhang paid the rent on time, there would be no reason for us to cause her trouble,” the landlord’s wife shared with Shin Min Daily News.
Here’s the thing: this isn’t the first time the landlord of the Geylang eatery has changed the lock to Zhang’s grilled fish store.
Earlier in May this year, the landlord also changed the eatery’s lock and put up a notice explaining that Zhang could not operate her business due to the rental arrears.
Wah… This is more passive-aggressive than your ex’s breakup text leh.
Afterwards, Zhang called the landlord and paid a fee to unlock the storefront. Only then did the landlord decide to allow the eatery owner to continue operating her business.
This means the landlord has already changed the locks on Zhang’s business twice. With any hope, there won’t be a third time.
But of course, if there is, the third time’s the charm, I guess.
According to the police, a 52-year-old woman, presumably the eatery owner Zhang, was arrested for causing a public disturbance that day.
Investigations are currently ongoing.
So, what’s your take on this? Are you Team Landlord or Team Eatery Owner?