'Kiasuism' should be an Olympic sport: Shoppers 'attack the rack' at sale in Expo

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Singaporeans are very familiar with the term 'kiasu', the fear of losing out.

'Kiasu' culture can be observed wherever there is a good deal and a recent fashion warehouse sale at Singapore Expo was no exception.

TikTok user @kelvin4pres posted a video with the caption 'this should be an Olympic sport' of shoppers literally attacking racks of clothes as staff bring them out. The video has since garnered over 365,000 views.



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A staffer can be heard raising her voice and telling the herd of shoppers to wait but it only hinders them temporarily before they start snatching at the clothes for sale.

The video was reposted on Singapore Incidents' Facebook page with the title: 'The art of 'kiasuism''.

Netizens pointed out the exasperated looks on the sales staff's faces and said such incidents happen 'only in Singapore'.

Acording to TikTok user @cidercupcakes, the fashion sale featuring items from brands under the Al-Futtaim Group like Zara, Pull & Bear and Massimo Dutti was held at the Singapore Expo over the last two weekends in July.

Some pieces were going for as low as only $2, hence the excitement.

However, such sales aren't for everyone.

Lemon8 user @dnlwhsh 'spilled the tea' on his experience at one of the sales and said he was shocked when he saw the place was 'chaos' and there were so many people with 'zero crowd control'.

"Also, people were snatching the clothes left and right, it was really free for all LOL," he said.

He added that there were limited sizes and selections, especially for men's items.