Singapore Customs officers nabbed 35 individuals smoking duty unpaid cigarettes at an Ang Mo Kio housing estate on Tuesday in a 2 and a half hour operation.
What has shocked netizens the most about their operation is not the number of people caught, but how intrusive the officers were when they conducted their operations.
According to the news reports, Customs Officers waited until smokers had lit their cigarettes and started smoking before turning up and demanding to inspect the cigarette.
Once the cigarette in possession is found to not have the Singapore Duty-Paid Cigarette (SDPC) mark, the offender will be brought to a make-shift reporting centre. SDPC stamps mark out legitimate duty paid cigarettes.
During the exercise, 329 sticks of duty unpaid cigarettes were confiscated.
Offenders face a $500 fine, with an incremental fine imposed for each recurring offence.