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60-year-old man sticks toothpicks in bus seat to prick passengers

By Mason White 4:24 PM September 23, 2017
Toothpicks on bus seat
Toothpicks on bus seat
By: Tanya Clark

An elderly man is being questioned as to why he placed toothpicks on a bus seat, which could have injured passengers, according to police in Singapore.

The Clementi Police Division said that the 60-year-old man, who was not identified, is facing a charge of criminal mischief after the driver of a city bus filed a complaint about toothpicks that were placed in the seat of his bus.

The man has been charged with one count of committing mischief. If convicted, he faces up to two years in prison and a fine.

According to the police investigation, the incident unfolded on Friday. A passenger notified the bus driver that he sat on the toothpicks, and they hurt his backside.

Police reviewed surveillance video of the bus and they were able to identify the suspect.

Shervella Wong noticed the toothpicks on the bus seat and took photos of them.

Wong wrote on Facebook: “Sometimes, everyone is tired before and and at the end of the day, and definitely too tired to check their seats before sitting.

“This happened to me this morning. Thank god, I did check before I sat down. I just find that people’s actions are really sick or they are just mentally not right.

“Why would people actually do that to the seat and let other people’s backsides get poked? I just don’t understand. The person who had done this, has the time to get toothpicks and stick it in the seat, trying to get people injured, but doesn’t have time to think about something that will be productive to do while traveling on the bus?

“I didn’t get my backside poked by the toothpick! My backside is well protected. Remember to check your seat next time before sitting down guys! Protect your backside too!”

Update: The suspect has been identified as Lim Lye Seng.

He was charged with four counts of mischief.

Each count carried a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a fine.

Seng told a judge that he plans to plead guilty to the charges.