On April 1, the Singapore government decided to implement a no-smoking zone around the main shopping belt in the city-state located at Orchard Road.
Since then, smokers both in and visiting the country heaved a collective groan as they now have to run to smoking zones located at random corners and alleys behind major buildings to light up.
But nothing is sadder than watching a bunch of people squeeze into a tiny smoking zone so that they don’t get fined by authorities if they step out of the smoking zone.
This tragic sight of humanity being reduced to mere digits on a new law was captured by Facebook user Adam Atelophobia, who uploaded this photo on Friday evening on his Facebook page:
In the photo, a bunch of smokers are seen squeezing into a smoking box located in between the Tangs and Lucky Plaza malls along Orchard Road — a sight that would make any claustrophobic person get major anxiety attacks.
Adam captioned the photo as “Smoke also need to queue” but it seems to appear — at least to us — that it only looks like a queue, with most of the smokers fitting in nicely into the box and standing in a queue-like formation.
The comments on this post are equally hilarious, with Facebook user Wong Hong Cheng Wong typing a really hearty “HAHJAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA EPIC LMAO” (sic) and user Ng Kang Wei typing out a very simple reaction: “Pathetic”.
We think part of why Singaporeans are becoming very paranoid about making sure they stay in the smoking box — true to our nature of always following the rules — might be due to a recent incident where a man was apparently fined S$200 (US$146) for having one foot outside of the smoking box.
Well, apparently not everyone is pissed about these smoking boxes; some tourists seem to be lapping up the fresh air along the main Orchard Road belt now that the smokers are gone, as seen by this photo: