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New Zealand: The crowd was furious after $ 100,000 cash drop was a PR stunt giving away FAKE money


An angry crowd turned on the organizers of a $ 100,000 drop after they found out the money that rained down on them was a fake.

Safety Warehouse New Zealand has been promoting the event for weeks before Aotea Square opened in Auckland on Saturday.

“We are the people's company and we are proud of it. That's why we're dropping $ 100,000 from the sky in Aotea Square. Yes, IST-MONEY will fly from the sky, ”wrote the company.

Some members of the public traveled for hours and spent hundreds of dollars in hopes of getting some of the money.

But the crowd turned violent when they realized the falling banknotes were coupons for free or discounted personal protective equipment products.

But the crowd turned violent when they discovered that large amounts of falling banknotes were “fake money” (pictured) in the form of coupons for free or discounted personal protective equipment products

The footage captured from the event shows the mob following the organizers as they drove away from the event.

Dozens of people can be seen around the car, throwing objects and shouting, "Where's my money?" And "Show me my money".

Security guards stood arm to arm to keep the crowd from slamming in the windows as they huddled together.

Under the madness you can see children and adults running around, reaching for bills on the floor and trying to find real currency.

According to one participant, someone even threw shoes on the car before "the crowd smashed the rear window".

The episodes of the giveaway were streamed live by Haki Ani TePaea on Facebook.

The mother of three shared footage of the angry mob.

Safety Warehouse New Zealand was promoting the event for weeks before Aotea Square in Auckland opened to crowds who had signed up for free tickets

Safety Warehouse New Zealand was promoting the event for weeks before Aotea Square in Auckland opened to crowds who had signed up for free tickets

The episodes of the giveaway were streamed live by Haki Ani TePaea on Facebook. The mother of three (pictured) said she was concerned for her children at the event

The episodes of the giveaway were streamed live by Haki Ani TePaea on Facebook. The mother of three (pictured) said she was concerned for her children at the event

"Look at what money can do to people."

“I feel bad as a mom because I had big intentions to come here and have fun today, but when they threw the money away it was just inconsiderate.

"So many people pushing and pushing and all I could think of was my three babies."

Her daughter then takes the camera and talks about the injuries she and her friends suffered as a result of the incident.

"They said this should be a safe environment, but I dislocated my shoulder from all the pressure," her daughter says.

"My friend had to go to the hospital because someone was standing on her face and it was ripped open."

Footage captured from the event shows the mob chasing the organizers as they drive away from the event

Footage captured from the event shows the mob chasing the organizers as they drive away from the event

The scandal resulted in Safety Warehouse New Zealand deleting its Facebook page after hundreds of angry comments from attendees.

Another creates a change.org petition urging the company to "do the right thing" and exchange the wrong money for cash.

That man was John Murphy, who spent $ 200 on travel and accommodation for the event, which turned out to be an "absolute disaster".

"I didn't expect there was going to be a riot, but that's exactly what happened," Mr. Murphy told Stuff.

Another attendee spent $ 120 driving from Palmerston North to the event only to be stranded after just picking up vouchers.

Security guards stand arm to arm to prevent the crowd from slamming in the windows as they huddle together

Security guards stand arm to arm to prevent the crowd from slamming in the windows as they huddle together

Mother Rachael Santos said she was broken, so many people were abandoned before Christmas.

“It wasn't like there were really rich people there. We were all broke, that's why we were there, ”she said.

Green MP Richardo Menéndez said he was "disgusted" with the Safety Warehouse for throwing wrong money into the mix.

"People in need from across the region gathered in the clear hope that their plight would be alleviated," he said.

Some took time off hoping to get here. When people found out they were getting the wrong money, things got very unsafe. There were children and the elderly in the crowd. & # 39;

Safety Warehouse New Zealand was promoting the event for weeks before Aotea Square in Auckland opened to crowds who had signed up for free tickets

Safety Warehouse New Zealand was promoting the event for weeks before Aotea Square in Auckland opened to crowds who had signed up for free tickets

“It makes me sick to know that the community has been exploited by the safety warehouse and that people were at risk.

"This is a stinking thing, especially in times of economic hardship and unemployment."

GreenBack Capital's director, which owns the Safety Warehouse brand, Andrew Thorn, said the company wanted to give back to the community after strong sales related to COVID-19.

We got through the Covid period in which we supplied the Australian and New Zealand markets really well and just had the feeling, why do we not have an event and no giveaway? & # 39; he told the New Zealand Herald.

He said the "counterfeit cash" was printed in addition to the $ 100,000 giveaway.

"It was $ 100,000 in real money, plus the fake money discounts – I think that was $ 40,000 (fake money) that was printed."

He said the counterfeit banknotes offered discounts or free products to recipients that could be redeemed from the company's website.

& # 39; Some goods were free – enter a code and it was 100 percent off. There were a number of things, ”he said.

Some employees were injured in the chaos.

The director of GreenBack Capital, which owns the Safety Warehouse brand, Andrew Thorn, said the company was giving away $ 100,000 as well as counterfeit money worth around $ 40,000

The director of GreenBack Capital, which owns the Safety Warehouse brand, Andrew Thorn, said the company was giving away $ 100,000 as well as counterfeit money worth around $ 40,000

The fake notes (pictured) offered recipients discounts or free products that they could redeem from the company's website

The fake notes (pictured) offered recipients discounts or free products that they could redeem from the company's website

This included a man in the car who was hospitalized when the rear window broke and glass kicked his eyes.

Robbie Macrae, director of Auckland Live, confirmed that the venue had allowed organizers to use their space to host the event.

"Auckland Live has entered into a rental agreement for this event based on the promoter's request that meets all of our requirements."

New Zealand's strict COVID-19 lockdown has plunged the nation into recession for the first time in a decade.

Under the leadership of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the economy contracted by 12.2 percent in June.

New Zealand was strictly banned on March 25th and emerged from them on June 8th as part of an elimination strategy.

A buyer enters a shop on sale in Auckland, New Zealand

A buyer enters a shop on sale in Auckland, New Zealand

A relatively deserted Parnell climb as the Aucklanders return to level three on Aug 13, 2020

A relatively deserted Parnell climb as the Aucklanders return to level three on Aug 13, 2020

The figures show that construction activity declined by 26 percent, manufacturing by 13 percent and household spending by 12 percent compared to the previous quarter.

Paul Pascoe, spokesman for Stats NZ, said the closure of New Zealand's borders since March 19 has had a huge impact in some economic sectors as well.

The national unemployment rate rose to a record 5.3 percent in the September quarter.

Daily Mail Australia asked Safety Warehouse and Auckland to comment live.

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