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Thousands of S’poreans took leave to stay home to buy Hello Kitty toy online

Posted on 23 April 2014

Move to reduce queues at McDonald’s end up pulling down GDP growth by 1 percent, experts predict.


Thousands of Singaporeans stayed home on April 23, 2014 so that they can be the first to log into the McDonald’s website to purchase the Hello Kitty toy that launched at 11am.

This move to change the way the Hello Kitty toys are being sold is due to long queues at McDonald’s the previous times, affecting the economic growth of Singapore.

However, experts believe that the online anonymity offered through selling the toy over the Internet has emboldened the Hello Kitty buyers in Singapore to a greater extent, as even more of them engage in this sort of shameless buying behaviour.

Many reportedly feigned illness or took leave just to stay home.

Mai Dang Lao, a local, said: “Previously, I had to think twice about whether I wanted to stand in line to buy at McDonald’s because I might bump into other shameless colleagues and relatives”

“But now I take leave to stay at home and wait for 11am and quickly rush in and buy.”

“As I could not log in because of the high traffic, I took to Facebook to share my abusive views of McDonald’s instead.”

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