It’s confirmed: Virtual telco Circles.Life was behind the gimmick promising cash which turned Singapore’s financial district on Wednesday (Feb 28) into a picture a raging mob.
In a statement provided to Business Insider, a Circles.Life spokesman said that it was an “unprecedented event which no one has attempted before”.
The spokesman added: “Given this, there was no existing information whether this activity required a permit. The event ending prematurely had more to do with managing the massive interest for the activity.”
On #3dollarballer’s website, members of the public were told to put S$3 ($2.26) into the “machine” to get S$50 in return.
That was the promise that sparked an overwhelming response which quickly led to a huge and disorderly crowd.
Cash vending machine madness has reached Raffles Place today!! pic.twitter.com/TfyBZ6ciXx
— nravs (@nravs) February 28, 2018
Help la… the queue for the free $50 pic.twitter.com/QVRPSKVORy
— Kimuii (@literallykimi) February 28, 2018
The Singapore Police Force was called in and the event stopped prematurely after the organisers could not provide a permit for it. The organisers also chose to cancel a second event scheduled later that day in Orchard Road “based on the extreme interest and advice given”.
The Circles.Life spokesman said: “The Singapore Police Force were wonderful in their support and have issued nothing more than advice for handling our future creative activities.”