If you have 2 items on your shopping list, one of them found inside the shopping center and the other displayed outside, you have to pick up the item inside and pay for it first before walking out to pick up the other item. Otherwise you will trigger the alarm system and the police have no choice but to jail or fine you. In any other country, they might accept that you want to pick up both items so you can pay them together but in Singapore it results in a criminal offense.
Why can't the police and security accept a reasonable explanation and let you off? Because in Singapore there is this principle of kiasuism, when happen if you're really trying to steal the item inside by walking out. If they let you off, they risk their shopping center becoming abused by shop lifters. This is also why we cannot give out help to the poor what happen if there are people pretending to be poor to get the help ...so no help for the poor.
Thank goodness our police operate by the book ...so does our government. Our people are trained to follow rules religiously and they are punished severely if forget the rules. This has motivated Singaporeans to be law abiding citizens. We have a peaceful and secure society because we have so many rules.
My innocent nephew was handcuffed in public
An angry Marcus Tan sent in this email to STOMP:
To All Happy Shoppers :
Beware of Traps With Outdoor Sales Items OUTSIDE Department Stores eg…OGShoppers enjoying their year-end shopping should be VERY CAREFUL not to be trapped!!My nephew was shopping at OG Albert Court on the 30th Dec 2006. He picked up a packet of singlets that he wanted.He proceeded to the outdoor areas, HOLDING THE PACKET OF SINGLET WITH HIS RIGHT HAND EXPOSED, to buy a pillow displayed outside. As he passed out of the store, the Alarm sounded….the guard came and brought him to the office. They refused to listen to any reasoning, Especially the FACT that the packet wasn't hidden in any bags BUT EXPOSED VISIBILY ON HIS RIGHT HAND. . Who would want to display something that they have stolen so visibily????.…..IT was a GENUINE MISTAKE!!!! But nobody cared. The police were called in and he was taken away HANDCUFFED IN PUBLIC !!!!Please advise your Esteemed Readers not to be trapped by this situation. Marcus Tan
Mr. Tan tells us that his nephew is a very timid 30-year-old male who is well educated with a stable job.The nephew was shopping alone around noon on the 30th of December for a pillow for his newly rented room at the area shown below.Mr. Tan states that OG's security personnel and the police did not take his nephew's explanations into consideration at all. "The police only trusted the secutry personnel and refused to even hear him out," said the outraged Mr. Tan,"they said that since he has a clean record, he should just admit and pay a fine and move on.
"The family has engaged a lawyer to mitigate for him, as he was innocently made to admit in the statement by "screaming officers who threatened him". "It's a trap!" declares Mr. Tan in his second email to STOMP, "Traps like this exist in almost all the shopping centers all over Singapore."This is just one side to the story. Police are currently investigating the case and STOMP is waiting for OG's response on the matter. Look out for an update soon!