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Singaporean car dealer raises stink over smelly coins


A luxury car dealer in Singapore yesterday complained that his showroom smells like a market after an “unhappy” customer paid him S$19,000 (US$15,200) in coins smelling of fish.

Tang Siu Tong, 44, owner of Exotic Motor, which sells Ferraris and Bentleys, said the customer dumped nearly 100kg in coins in his showroom on Tuesday after being ordered by a court to pay the dealer the amount.

The customer, 34-year-old businessman Ong Boon Lin, had lost a lawsuit over the costs associated with consigning his Aston Martin V8 Vantage to the showroom in order to sell it.

“He did this deliberately because he was unhappy,” Tang said. “The coins were soaked in market juices, and smelled of fish. It stank up the whole place and I had to hire professionals to get rid of it. But the smell is still there.”

“I am keeping the coins in 10 separate bags... My lawyers are arranging to have it returned, I am definitely not going to accept it,” he added.

Ong told The New Paper that he decided to settle the amount in coins because he was upset with Tang: “Was I too much? I was really unhappy with his business practice and I paid the amount in full. So, no.”

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