A netizen’s maid was denied access to a restaurant in the Singapore Cricket Club (SCC) due to an unspoken “no-maids” policy.
Netizen Nicholas Bloodworth shared on Facebook Monday evening (Nov 26) about his ordeal when he took his family to The Victoria Room to have dinner after watching his nephew’s rugby game at the SCC.
Bloodworth was with his dad, brother, his wife, three children and the brother’s helper, Mary.
When Bloodworth clarified further, the “middle-aged Chinese staffer” asserted that maids are not allowed in the club and that the helper has to wait in the carpark.
“I will know (if she is a maid)”
Bloodworth’s sister-in-law then asked: “Well, how do you know she’s not my cousin?”
His response: “I will know”.
The family eventually relented and took their spot at the dining table while the helper Mary “shrugged the whole thing off” and took Bloodworth’s infant niece for a walk.
No-maids policy should have been transparent
Bloodworth’s main gripe is with the lack of clarity in SCC’s policy of not allowing maids in its venue.
A cursory check with SCC’s website did not reveal anything about a no-maids policy.
Observer+ did however find a document detailing the ‘bye-laws’:
3. Domestic Help Providers and Chauffeurs
No domestic help providers or chauffeurs may be brought into the ground or use any of the facilities at the ground.
This is the The Victoria Room at the SCC:
Discrimination, not racism
While Bloodworth originally called the issue out as racism, a commenter pointed out that it is in fact a matter of discrimination.
Some commenters were equally riled up:
Others reserved judgement:
SCC confirms “no-maids” and “no-chauffeurs” policy
A spokesman for the SCC in 2001 confirmed that “members were not allowed to bring in maids or chauffeurs.”
Early that year, a woman who dined with her Sri Lankan maid at the SCC was banned for life by its members.
More colonial than the colonials
In response to the lifetime ban, one English member quipped, “I think a reprimand would have done the trick. Sometimes the people running these places can be more colonial than the colonials.”
Here’s Bloodworth’s post in full:
So this happened. What I thought would be an enjoyable occasion with my dad, brother, his wife, three children and…