TN shop shut after 'get a T-shirt for 50 paise' promotion draws uncontrollable crowds

The promotion was advertised from 9 am to 1 pm. However, it was stopped before 11 am itself as police arrived at the spot and asked the proprietor to shut the shop.

Published: 21st October 2021 04:06 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st October 2021 04:06 PM   |  A+A-

The police soon intervened to cut short the opening day promotion (Photo | Special arrangement)

Express News Service

TIRUCHY: It's hard to spot 50 paise coins anywhere in 2021, but this garment shop in Manapparai was thronged by visitors carrying them on Thursday.

In a novel method to popularise his shop, the owner offered a free T-shirt to anyone who could produce a 50 paise coin, inviting uncontrollable crowds amid the pandemic. The police soon intervened to cut short the opening day promotion.

The shop opened by Hakeem Mohamed on Thursday had a peculiar offer for anyone who could find a 50 paise coin. Mohamed told The New Indian Express, "I advertised to provide a T-shirt free of cost for anyone who brings a 50 paise coin to our shop on the day of inauguration."

The posters were seen all around the Manapparai bus stand and in local WhatsApp chats a few days before. Hundreds gathered at the shop and the road itself was blocked owing to traffic.

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"We tried to control the crowd, but it was in vain. The people were not ready to wait and came in waves though I personally told them there would be stock. I had 1000 quality cotton shirts for this promotion alone," said Mohamed.

People submitted 50 paise and climbed up the first floor to pick a free T-shirt. However, due to poor crowd control, there was great commotion and a roadblock.

The promotion was advertised from 9 am to 1 pm but was stopped before 11 am itself as police arrived at the spot and asked the proprietor to shut the shop.

The shop only reopened after 1 pm sans the promotion. Many did come with 50 paise after that, only to learn the promotion was over. Only less than 100 shirts were said to be given away.


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