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*Scape's age policy upsets older vendors

Those above 35 told they can no longer rent space at bazaar next year

Published on Nov 8, 2012 6:00 AM
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The new ruling has puzzled some as it comes after a separate space, *Scape Underground, was set up for young vendors last month. But observers say the young should be given priority if space is priced cheaply. -- ST PHOTO: AZIZ HUSSIN

Vendors aged above 35 will no longer be able to ballot for space at youth hang-out *Scape's weekend bazaar from January.

The vendors said the management of the Orchard facility had told them last week that only those between 18 and 35 can vie for stalls. Currently, the age requirement is at least 21.

The bazaar, held on Fridays and weekends, has run for about two years. It has up to 80 stalls. Between 25 per cent and 30 per cent of the vendors are estimated to be above 35.

The affected vendors are upset at the move, which they feel smacks of ageism. Madam June Chiam, 42, who sells necklaces and rings, was so upset that she wrote to citizen journalism portal Stomp last Sunday.

 
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ITEMS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

'Although we are older, all the things we sell are for the youth. There wasn't a stall selling items for old people.'

- Vendor June Chiam, 42, who sells necklaces and rings