‘Absolutely disgusted’: Auckland crowd outraged after ‘fake’ $100k cash drop

An Auckland crowd turned angry after a safety equipment company advertised a $100,000 “cash drop” that turned out to be discount vouchers.

The Safety Warehouse, an online supplier of personal protective equipment, advertised on social media that it planned to give away “actual money” at Aotea Square from midday today.

“We are the people’s company & proud of it, so we’re dropping $105,891.40 in value from the sky in Aotea Square at 12pm on Saturday the 5th. Yes, ACTUAL MONEY will be flying from the sky,” it said.

But people who attended the event have posted video of the crowd chasing after the company’s car in anger after “fake money” was dropped instead.

“The crowd started attacking the organisers’ vehicle as it was tryn to leave the venue.. i even saw a jandle and a safety boot in full flight … the crowd smashed the rear window,” one person posted.

Green MP Ricardo Menendez March, who was attending an event across the road, tweeted that he was “absolutely disgusted with The Safety Warehouse”.

“It was a free event. People came with tickets,” he said.

“There was music. It was incredibly loud, it was almost like a rave.

“It was just like really bad scaffolding in Aotea Square, and people on top of it throwing confetti and glitter and eventually fake cash.

“A commotion started shortly after and things looked pretty violent and ugly afterwards because people really got upset and confused.

“There were people who had travelled from Palmerston North, from Levin, from up north, so things became really unsafe as the commotion started. People got stomped on, people got bruised and cut.”

He said people chased away the Safety Warehouse car as it left.

A Police spokeswoman confirmed that police were called.

“Late yesterday [Friday] Police became aware of a promotional event talking place in Aotea Square today,” she said.

“Police were in attendance for safety reasons.

“Following the event there were a number of reports of disorder in the Aotea Square area. Additional units were called to the scene to help ensure the safety of all those involved.

“Enquiries into the incident are ongoing.”

The Safety Warehouse Facebook page was taken down after many people posted angry comments about the event.

The Herald is attempting to contact the Safety Warehouse.

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