Police stops S$50 cash #3dollarballer vending machine at Raffles Place

3dollarballer is some publicity stunt that is giving away free money.

By Belmont Lay |Guan Zhen Tan | February 28, 2018

The Singapore police has put a stop to the cash vending machine at Raffles Place.

The publicity marketing stunt involves a box that pays out S$50 when S$3 is put in.

The machine consists of a man inside a box giving out the S$50 note whenever someone feeds S$3 in.

The hashtag for the stunt is called #3dollarballer and the events are listed on its website.

It is unclear what the product or service is but more details will be out by March 1.

Police stepped in

The event on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 12pm at Raffles Place saw the crowd size swell to the hundreds, all eagerly waiting to feed the vending machine money.

Photos showed a lack of a queue.

Two uniformed officers were seen talking to the organiser for about 10 minutes.

The organiser claimed that she was told to stop by the police.

The organiser said to the crowd: “I’m very sorry but because the police is already here, we have to stop the activation.”

Crowd swelled

By 11.30am, some 300 people were seen lining up. The cash vending machine was stationed just outside Chevron House.

At 11.45am, the organiser moved the box to the pavement by Battery Road. The crowd followed.

Footage via Channel News Asia

Then at 12pm, the box was moved to the grass patch in front of Chevron House. A larger crowd appeared.

In the end, the crowd was asked to disperse at 12.45pm by the organiser.

Several people were reported to have successfully exchanged their S$3 for S$50.

The promotion has been widely shared on social media. It appeared on Orchard Road on Tuesday between 5pm and 8pm.

It is due to make another appearance at [email protected] this afternoon, according to its website.


The Orchard Road event on Feb. 28 has apparently been cancelled.

3dollarballer said in a post that the S$50 notes have all been redeemed:

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