After surprise shopping spree sponsored by Johor Crown Prince, sections of supermarket still closed

After surprise shopping spree sponsored by Johor Crown Prince, sections of supermarket still closed
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JOHOR BARU - The AEON Tebrau supermarket is partially opened to shoppers after a major shopping spree on Wednesday (April 11) evening.

It was pandemonium at the mall here when the Tunku Mahkota Johor turned up unexpectedly and offered to foot the grocery bill of every shopper up to RM3,000 (S$1,013).

Apparently, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, who was at the mall for less than five minutes, eventually spent more than RM1mil on the groceries.

Checks by The Star on Thursday (April 12) found the shutters of the mall's supermarket was opened at around 12.45pm.

Workers at the supermarket were in the midst of replenishing stock.

A worker at a nearby shop, who only wanted to be known as Jessica, said that it was a crazy experience for her on Wednesday night.

“I was in the midst of closing down the shop at around 9.30pm when people keep on coming to the supermarket despite it being closed."

Businessman Mohamed Amirul Zainal, 33, said that he left the supermarket with a huge disappointment as most of the items he wanted to buy was out of stock.

“I came to the mall to meet a friend and my wife told me to buy groceries at the supermarket instead of going elsewhere, but the items that I wanted to buy such as rice packets and toiletries were out of stock," he said.

The happy moment for the lucky shoppers happened at about 6.45pm Wednesday when Tunku Ismail arrived at AEON Tebrau with his wife Che Puan Khaleeda Bustamam.

Tunku Ismail promptly announced that he would be paying for the groceries of up to RM3,000 for each of them.

Cheers erupted, punctuated with shouts of “Hidup TMJ”.

Most shoppers were seen taking up to three trolleys each. The mall had to increase their security as people crowded the place.

At about 8pm, the mall had to bring down its shutters as more people started to arrive when the news spread.

Among the top items taken by the people included rice, cooking oil, fresh fruits and vegetables, flour, tea and other basic household items.

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