TL;DR – Got video, got talk.
A video of what seems like a few young adults “asking” for donations from secondary school kids at Punggol MRT Station has been circulating on Facebook.
From the video, it seems that one of the teenagers was trying to escape the situation, but was stopped by one of the young adults. Unfortunately, the video was taken from quite a distance and their conversation can’t be heard.
According to Sam, the user who originally uploaded the video, the older boys in the video even claimed that they are police officers and were asking for donation from younger kids in the neighbourhood. He says,
“Please share this around to help aware your friends or child. In this video at punggol interchange, you can see 1 of the student want to walk away from this people but 1 of them pull him back. This people will say that they are policemen and will force you to “donate” $10 if not you can’t leave. It happen to 1 of my friends recently like this student.”
The video has since been shared more than 1,882 times overnight.
With such reach, I’m not surprised the video didn’t sit well with some other people. And when I say some others, I refer to the older boys in the video which led to a long exchange of text between the boys and Sam.
Here’s a quick summary.
- Older boys (Cavin and Aaron) claim they are from a company – Velocity Advertising and Sales.
- They are waiting for their polytechnic admission.
- They are doing this for charity and are just volunteers.
- They hope that the video can be taken down.
- Because according to them, what they are doing is actually legal and they can sue Sam for uploading this video and for what he is saying.
- Cavin then questions Sam about his school and class, also gives Sam his number so they can “talk this out”.
- Sam refuses to give in and both Aaron and Cavin then ask Sam to “watch what he says.”
- Cavin gives up trying to convince Sam and instead tells him that the law will deal with him.
- Sam insists that he is not trying to slander anyone, but merely sharing this to inform other friends so they can avoid getting caught in such incidents.
Amongst the wall of text which includes some other Facebook users sharing their own experiences along with their friends’. And of course, there were comments going, “WHY DON’T YOU JUST CALL THE POLICE?”
And also these;
We should pay more attention to CrimeWatch.
A quick search on the Internet about this “advertising and sales company” renders almost no results other than an expired ad previously posted on an recruitment site, and this:
No website nor Facebook page associated with the company can be found.
— Editor’s Note —
The original video has since been taken down but we have uploaded a copy of it.
Update 1: The police has posted on Facebook that they’re looking into the matter.
Update 2: The police has arrested two people in relation to this case.