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I still don’t get the Hello Kitty craze

In case you haven&#39;t read about this, please do: (Jezebel) <a class="ot-anchor" href="http://jezebel.com/hello-kitty-practically-caused-a-riot-in-singapore-599191672" rel="nofollow">http://jezebel.com/hello-kitty-practically-caused-a-riot-in-singapore-599191672</a>



There are a lot of articles about it, <a href="http://singaporeseen.stomp.com.sg/singaporeseen/">talking about the long lines and long long waits while still so many people didn&#39;t get their Hello Kitty toy from McDonalds</a>. One facebook user commented, &quot;<a href="http://singaporeseen.stomp.com.sg/stomp/sgseen/this_urban_jungle/1855510/why_are_sporeans_turning_ugly_over_hello_kitty.html">If I had watched the video without knowing what they were queuing for, I would have thought they might be queuing up for rations in a war torn country.</a>&quot; In this article, they talk about <a href="http://sg.news.yahoo.com/singapore-hello-kitty-fanciers-bare-claws-quest-toy-084922293.html">Singaporeans braving the awful haze to get their plushy toys</a>. <a href="http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/lifestyle/singapore-gripped-by/726852.html">This article </a>has a picture of the McDonald&#39;s toys. Which is the first time I&#39;ve seen what they look like. And then we have one young adult who <a href="http://singaporeseen.stomp.com.sg/stomp/sgseen/editorpick/1861230/confession_the_hello_kitty_craze_has_convinced_me.html">professes to not want children after the Hello Kitty debacle</a>.



I don&#39;t get it, personally. But then, I didn&#39;t understand the Cabbage Patch Kids craze, or the Pokemon one or the, uh, whichever other ones there have been.



The picture below? It has absolutely nothing at all to do with McDonalds or their Hello Kitty toys. It is, however, a box of Hello Kitty biscuits I saw in a candy shop in Singapore. In Vivocity, I believe. Because Hello Kitty.
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3 thoughts on “I still don’t get the Hello Kitty craze”

  1. Some customers took to Facebook to register their anger after they went home empty-handed, while others immediately put the toys – sold for Sg$4.60 ($3.62) with set meals – up for sale online at far higher prices.

  2. Tessa, I read about both – posting on the McDonald’s page in anger and selling the toys for much higher prices. If I recall correctly, originally, McDonald’s would sell up to four of the toys per person, but later changed that to two toys per person. It seems that they should have lowered the amount to two per person much much sooner, or perhaps dropped it to one even. That might have helped out with all those people who wanted the toy, didn’t get one, and got so angry about it.

    On the other hand, it’s just a toy.

    I think I’ll just continue to shake my head at people.

  3. The frenzy began at the end of May, when US fast food giant McDonald’s began selling the toys in outfits inspired by fairy tales, such as “The Ugly Duckling”. The six toys were released in phases, at S$4.60 ($3.63) each with a meal, or S$10 on their own.

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