Long lines as durians go for nothing amid supply glut from Malaysia

Above: Sam Fruit Trading in Tampines, which had given out free durians on Monday, was swamped by customers. Left: Friends Alice Leung and Gracia Tan with their free durians in Balestier Road.
Above: Friends Alice Leung and Gracia Tan with their free durians in Balestier Road.PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR
Ah Long, 27, giving out free durian at Ah Soon/Ah Lan durian stall situated at 249 Balestier Road.
Ah Long, 27, giving out free durian at Ah Soon/Ah Lan durian stall situated at 249 Balestier Road.ST PHOTO: SONG TAO
Ah Soon/Ah Lan durian stall giving out 200kg of durians for free for three days, from July 16 to July 18. One person is entitled to one durian.
Ah Soon/Ah Lan durian stall giving out 200kg of durians for free for three days, from July 16 to July 18. One person is entitled to one durian.ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR
Members of the public enjoying durians at Ah Soon/Ah Lan durian stall, on July 17, 2018.
Members of the public enjoying durians at Ah Soon/Ah Lan durian stall, on July 17, 2018.ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR
Stall owner Madam Lee Chiew Lan (centre, in blue) giving out free durians at Ah Soon/Ah Lan durian stall, on July 17, 2018.
Stall owner Madam Lee Chiew Lan (centre, in blue) giving out free durians at Ah Soon/Ah Lan durian stall, on July 17, 2018.ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR
Ah Long opening up the red prawn durians to give to members of the public for free at Ah Soon/Ah Lan durian stall, on July 17, 2018.
Ah Long opening up the red prawn durians to give to members of the public for free at Ah Soon/Ah Lan durian stall, on July 17, 2018. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

As prices dive, some durian stalls are giving them away free to customers and the elderly

Amid falling durian prices due to an oversupply from Malaysia, some in Singapore have been enjoying the king of fruits for free.

At least two durian stalls here have been simply giving away durians since Monday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 18, 2018, with the headline 'Long lines as king of fruits goes for nothing'. Print Edition | Subscribe