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By Toh Yong Chuan Manpower Correspondent And Sue-ann Tan The labour crunch in Singapore has forced the two associations that represent coffee shops here to entertain a radical move - to get patrons to serve themselves. The thinking is that this will reduce the need for the traditional kopi kia - Hokkien for coffee boys - who take orders and serve the drinks to customers. They are also known as "runners" in the coffee shop trade. The move was first brought up in an informal meeting between the Foochow Coffee Restaurant and Bar Merchants Association and the Kheng Keow Coffee Merchants Restaurant and Bar Owners Association earlier this month. Both sides, which represent more than half of the 1,300 coffee shops here, have agreed to study the idea and discuss it with their members. "We hope that it will help reduce coffee shops' demand for workers," said Mr Hong Poh Hin, chairm...

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