The actor from Singapore Chen Hanwei revealed that he had a habit to shoplift. He admitted to local TV host Quan Yi Fong in the latest episode of the meWATCH talkshow Hear U Out.
He also told that he felt envy because he didn’t have toys growing up.
The 51-year-old — who grew up in Johor Bahru — revealed that the only toys he had were hand-me-downs from his neighbors and relatives. And that makes sadder, what he got were just bits and bobs — like a head or an arm.
It’s become a reason why he stole a box of toy trains from a store called Emporium when he was in primary school. However, he was caught.
Hanwei recounted that he stole a box of toy trains because have always wanted to play with trains.
“At that time, I saw people building train tracks and it was really fun. I happily walked out of the store when suddenly, someone ran after me and told me to stop. I was so scared shitless. My legs couldn’t stop shaking,”
He was brought to a cold office and questioned, but he couldn’t say anything.
After he joined Star Search in 1988, he had to declare any criminal records before signing the employment contract, and he was so worried that Mediacorp would find out about his dirty deed.
He told Yi Fong: “I was worried they would check with Emporium and find out I stole something. I’m not lying, it’s true. I was so scared that perhaps they wouldn’t want to sign me on because I stole a train set.”