If you have spare time, strong legs and the desire to make some extra pocket money, head to Jenny Bakery in Hong Kong’s Tsim Tsa Tsui district.
Apparently, some people would be willing to pay you for standing as a surrogate in the queue and get hold of the bakery’s famous cookies. If you manage to buy five tins of cookies — the maximum a person is allowed to buy at the shop at a time — you can land a commission of HK$60 (US$7.7).
Mainland visitors are said to be desperate to get their hands on the cookies to take them home as souvenirs, and are willing to pay a premium, according to the Headline Daily.
“Each person can buy five tins of cookies at the queue. If you help us… we will pay you HK$12 (US$1.5) for each tin, so you can earn HK$60,” a woman standing in front of Chungking Mansions and holding a Jenny Bakery Cookies signpost told a reporter.
“You can also buy cookies at a nail shop on the second floor of Chungking Mansions, but it will be much expensive than in the original shop,” she said.
A person at the nail shop told the reporter that the shop is commissioned to sell the cookies. A small tin with cookies of four flavors is sold there for HK$90, making it much more expensive compared to the HK$65 price tag in the original shop.
That nail shop person is seen constantly in touch with the signpost woman outside Chungking Mansions, the report said.
While a lot of people are queuing up for the cookies, a notice outside the original shop says reselling activity is forbidden. But apparently, the warning is having little impact.
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