40 times is the charm: Singapore commuter bizarrely swipes through same terminal repeatedly
Commuters were baffled by this Singapore passenger who repeatedly tapped in and tapped out of the same subway gate - 40 times in just two minutes on May 17.
The lad was seen swiping his pre-paid card at the electronic barrier at Outram Park station.
But rather then board the city’s MRT train, he made a swift u-turn and headed back through the same set of gates - racking up a fee for the journey.
He then repeatedly entered and left through the same gate a further 19 times.
Bemused onlookers branded the man’s behaviour ‘’weird’’ and speculated that it could have been a bizarre game.
Filmer Alan Cheong said he counted the man tapping 40 times - racking up bills for 20 journeys.
He said: ‘’This person kept on tapping in and out of the gantry.
It was weird.
I have no idea why he was doing it.’’
Some viewers of Alan’s clip suggested the bizarre behaviour was a kind of challenge to see how many times a passenger could tap in and tap out of the station before being moved on.
While others suggested he could be a plain-clothed volunteer who was testing the system or someone who simply wanted to ‘’clock up mileage’’ for loyalty points.
Leow Phing said: ‘’I’ve witnessed this kind of thing it a few times at the LRT stations as there aren’t many commuters there.
Raymond Ho said: ‘’He is volunteer off-duty MRT worker who wants to try the contactless master card for tapping in and out.’’
Jade Sadako Soh Mebbe said: ‘’Maybe he picked up the card of his enemy and wanted to use their credit.’’