A Singapore Cricket Club guest has alleged that the establishment barred his family's domestic helper from entering the club, even when his father – a club member – tried to help the helper as a guest, and relegated the helper to the carpark.
Facebook user Nicholas Bloodworth said that his family had visited the club recently to watch his nephew participate in a rugby match. When the family settled to the club's restaurant, The Victoria Room, after the match, they were allegedly stopped and told by a staff member that they "Do not allow maids here."
Bloodworth, an actor, said that his family was shocked by the "flagrant discrimination" and were told that the helper is not allowed in the restaurant, she is allowed in the club premises and told "wait in the carpark":
"Shocked and taken aback by this flagrant discrimination, we tried to clarify:" You mean in this particular area, or in the restaurant? "
"" No. They are not allowed in the club. At all. She has to wait in the car park, "replied the middle-aged Chinese staffer.
"" Well, how do you know she's not my cousin? "Quips my sister-in-law
"" I will know, "he said."
Bloodworth said that while he was initially angry, he was prompted to take a walk to calm himself. His family has finally decided to finish their meal at the club's restaurant while his helper took his infant niece for a walk while they ate and packed a share for her:
"When I first heard, I was angry. I wanted to go all "Becky Lynch" on the club, which is basically a professional wrestling term for a scene and breaking things. But I heeded more advice – to take a walk and calm down lah
"I tried to find another place for dinner during my walk, but it was getting late, my father is old and the kids needed to get home in time for bed. By the time I returned from my walk, the family was already sitting in The Victoria Room and my brother's helper, Mary, shrugged the whole thing off and had no qualms taking my infant niece for a walk while we ran through dinner and packed her share for later. "
Clarifying that he finished his meal at the club because he did not want to cause a scene, Bloodworth added that he is not looking for people to boycott the club – he wants the club to clarify their rules and regulations clearly.
He asserted: "But this was fair Fair. It was not fair for Mary, who works from home. It was not fair to my grumpy dad who thought his biggest problem was his son's pants-hating inclinations. "
This is the first time the Singapore Cricket Club made headlines for a domestic helper. In 2001, a woman who brought her to the club was banned for life while her husband was banned for six months. According to the Telegraph:
"Mrs Monksfield, 37, was hauled before a disciplinary panel after dining with her mother, two young children and Sri Lankan maid, Sanda Perumal, in the only restaurant at the club where children were allowed.
"Mrs Monksfield said:" Sanda was not there to look after the children. A maid can be a friend In fact she is one of my best friends. I trust you
"It was a family night out and during dinner, a waiter came over and said:` Is that your maid? 'I did not know there was a rule about this, but he said maids were allowed.
"" I refused to confirm or deny and then the supervisor came over and asked the same thing. We were allowed to finish the dinner after a couple of members intervened. "
"A spokesman for the club said the incident was an" internal club matter ", but confirmed that members were allowed to bring in maids or chauffeurs."
The Independent has written to the Singapore Cricket Club seeking their comment. We will update this article
Bloodworth's post, meanwhile, has been going viral online, with over 500 reactions and over 300 shares.
Bloodworth wrote: "I'm not out for blood on the social media hive. I'm out for change But change doesnt just happen on the drop of a hat or post documenting an upsetting day. All is asking for a proper discussion Thanks for listening. "
Read his post in full here:
So this happened What I thought would be a pleasant experience with my dad, brother, his wife, three children and …
Posted by Nicholas Bloodworth on Monday, 26 November 2018