One in two at age 62 now is likely to live beyond 85 years old. Do they have enough savings to see them through old age? Going by the number of elderly cleaners at food courts and hawker centres, these people require the money for their basic daily needs. Similarly, we see more of them making the ranks of the office and toilet cleaners too.
One remarked that she felt sorry that they still have to work through their greying years at food courts. Won’t it be better if we cultivate the habit of returning our own plates, bowls and cutlery to a designated Items Return Area? Then, we can do away with these cleaners. But the counter argument is that we have to create job opportunities for these people so that they can work and at least receive some income.
If that is being the case, the least we can do is to make the jobs of the cleaners easier – by not making a mess on the tables when we eat. This will then reduce the amount of clearing up and cleaning for these elderly cleaners. This is a virtue and a gracious habit to cultivate anyway.