You have seen the videos of people pushing the vending machine in hopes of getting an immediate profit of $47 on the streets. But is there a hidden story behind all this?
Photos and videos emerging online shows that hundreds of people queued (if you want to call that a queue.) up in hopes of earning some quick money from a vending machine. From the sources, you can say people of all ages, old and young, all hoping to earn some quick bucks.
But does this show another side of Singapore? Do we have an unquenchable thirst for cash? Or do we require a lot of money to survive in this tiny island?
With the recent announcement of an increment in tax in every sector, it may seem that people feel that Singapore is going to be an expensive place to live in the near future, more expensive than it currently is now. You can hear people of the older generations saying that the upcoming generations will have it rough. You hear younger generations complaining that their pay is not sufficient to survive.
Asking around the streets, NSFs are earning more than those who have served but they complained that it is not enough. The main complaint would be food and monthly bills. The pioneer generations are reminiscing about the old days where $50 can get you a trolley full of items back then as compared to maybe a few days of groceries now. Even we miss eating chicken rice for $2 to $2,50.
What are your thoughts? Do you feel that there is an imbalance between rising daily costs and the current pay? Or is it that we are greedy?