SMU accidentally offers condom discounts to students

The e-mail offered undergraduates an exclusive 10 per cent discount on condoms, from online condom store Happy Mail.
The e-mail offered undergraduates an exclusive 10 per cent discount on condoms, from online condom store Happy Mail.PHOTO: SMU BIZCOM

SINGAPORE - Singapore Management University (SMU) students received an e-mail on Monday (Sept 25) offering them discounts on condoms.

In response to queries from The Straits Times, a spokesman explained that an oversight had led to the e-mail being sent out.

Sent out by the SMU Students' Association (SMUSA) at 9.08pm, the e-mail offered undergraduates an exclusive 10 per cent discount on condoms, from online condom store Happy Mail. The promo code "SMU2017" would have applied to two brands, Okamoto and Durex.

However another e-mail was sent out by Bizcom, the business development arm of SMUSA, about an hour later at 10.07pm, retracting the offer.

"We hereby apologise for the mistake in sending out the previous e-mails and are deeply sorry for any inconvenience caused," said the second e-mail.

The SMU spokesman explained that Bizcom occasionally receives requests from vendors and merchants to send e-mails to its undergraduates for a fee.

"SMU has rules in place prohibiting the dissemination of mailers by certain companies, including those selling alcohol, tobacco and condoms," the spokesman added.

"In this case, a newer member of Bizcom did not read the rules carefully before issuing the mailer. The president of Bizcom immediately tried to recall the mailer but was unsuccessful."

Condoms are not sold on the SMU campus.