SINGAPORE - The haze may have hit a record high, with a PSI of 321, on Wednesday night, followed by an even higher 371 on Thursday afternoon. But life has to go on.
At one end of the scale, the kiasu ones have scooped up most, if not all, of the N95 face masks on sale at various outlets.
A Guardian Pharmacy outlet in Toa Payoh had a customer waiting list that was 3½ pages long. The pent-up demand has inevitably led to profiteering.
A man was hawking N95 masks to office workers in the Central Business District for $10 each, about four times more than the recommended retail price, reported Reuters.
Others have gone online to offer the masks at inflated prices.
Even at retail outlets, the prices have shot up. Whereas a pack of 20 masks of the popular 3M brand cost about $20 a week ago, it now goes for up to $42.
At the other end, there are the bochap ones who refuse to let the haze, even when it reached hazardous levels (PSI of 300 and above), disrupt their daily routines or indulgences.