When you think of something that’s uniquely Singapore, what first comes to your mind?
In your head now is perhaps a vague image of the tissue packets on kopitiam tables, a steaming plate of chicken rice, or the unexplainable snaking queues forming at every corner—don’t know what it is, but just queue first lor.
This time however, there is a crowd of Singaporeans that knew exactly what they were queuing for.
In fact, these queue enthusiasts were so spirited that they queued twice in an attempt to score double, even though they should have been giving others a chance at it instead.
They were queuing for food packs meant for the needy.
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On Thursday, a stall owner in Eunos Market had prepared 500 food packs to give to the needy. A sweet, heartwarming gesture to give back to the community in Eunos and to help the less privileged.
Instead, this attracted a herd of kiasu Singaporeans looking to score a free food pack, or two in this case.
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Snaking queues soon started forming at the market, and it is estimated that there were at least 200 members in the queue.
Ah, the lengths Singaporeans would go to for free things.
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Part of the reason why the queues were so long was because of a delay in the delivery of white rice. As a result, the distribution of the food packs commenced half an hour later than it was supposed to.
The 30 minutes was probably what gave the queuing uncles and aunties the time to call their friends and rope them in on this once in a lifetime lobang.
Perhaps due to the delay in the food pack distribution, people in line started to get hangry.
Apparently, some of those in line were pushing and shoving one another, with reports of other members of the public trying to cut the queue as well. Not a pretty sight at all.
Some of the more brazen ones immediately rushed to re-queue again in hopes of scoring a second food pack, even after collecting one food pack.
What was a simple act of kindness initiated by a selfless stall-owner, became a broader test of Singaporeans’ compassion, or in this case the lack thereof.
Hopefully, the next time someone else prompts you to think of something that’s uniquely Singapore, kindness and compassion would be amongst your responses.
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