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Fans of an Australian TikTok and OnlyFans star described as Australian Kim Kardashian have lashed out at a popular activewear label after a meet and greet fell into chaos.
Western Australia police were forced to shut down the event with influencer Anna Paul after rowdy fans stormed a shopping center causing a crowd.
Hundreds of teens descended on a Stax pop-up shop in Perth’s CBD on Sunday to watch the 23-year-old influencer as she travels across the country.
Dozens camped outside the store overnight to be first in line, which had grown to several thousand by 7 a.m., five hours before the event was set to begin.
Stax was unable to continue with the meet and greet after the crowd spiraled out of control, forcing police to step in and close the case.
The chaos has sparked outrage from devastated fans who have berated Stax for the way the event was organised.
“It was very disappointing,” Tiffashleigh explained to TikTok.
“I just wasted five hours of my day meeting Anna Paul, which I couldn’t even get to.”
She claimed she saw a girl at the Stax store being treated by paramedics after she was injured in the commotion.
“People were pushing you from behind, so you literally had no choice but to push forward at the person in front of you (even if you didn’t want to) or get trampled and fall,” Tiffy said.
Another claimed that there were already 2,000 people when she arrived at 7:00 AM.
“So Anna Paul, we still love you, but f**k you Stax because you don’t know how to organize an event, because we asked all the police and rangers and they had no idea there was an event going on” , said TikTok user Thaliahorgan.x. .
Stax owners have since apologized to disappointed fans, adding that they were heartbroken that the event could not go ahead.
“We have been overwhelmed by the response and can’t thank you all so much for continuing to support STAX. and everything we do,” read a statement posted on Instagram.
“As you can imagine, this is not how we envisioned it today, but I personally am very sorry that we cannot continue. We love you and appreciate you all.”
Footage posted to social media shows hordes of followers crammed shoulder-to-shoulder outside the Stax store, an activewear brand promoted by Paul, on Hay Street, shouting ‘Anna!’ scan. as they waited to catch a glimpse of the star.
WA police were forced to intervene when “tensions” arose after some attendees reportedly “jumped in line” as a huge crowd gathered at the site.
Police canceled a pop-up event in Perth to meet influencer Anna Paul (pictured) after hundreds of teens arrived on the scene
Furious fans lash out at Stax after
“Police went to a clothing store in Hay Street Mall at the request of store management as the store expected about 200 to 300 people to attend an event that was publicized on social media,” the WA Police Department said.
‘There was a considerably larger audience than expected. Tensions among some parts of the crowd were noted to be mounting over allegations of ‘jumping in line’.
“Police called St John Ambulance for help after several people collapsed and needed medical attention.”
The event was expected to take place from noon to 4 p.m. but was canceled early, with officers dispersing fans from the area.
WA Police said the event was canceled after consultations with store management “due to crowd size,” “lack of appropriate security” and insufficient capabilities to cope with the higher-than-expected numbers.
Paul released a statement on Instagram just after noon saying that police have ordered organizers to close the event due to concerns about crowds.
“For security reasons, the Western Australian Police Force had to stop the meet and greet in Perth early,” she wrote.
“It became a huge security risk… thank you for being great… I’m so sorry we tried our best to cooperate with the police, but it got too much.”
Anna has been on a meet-and-greet tour of Sydney, Melbourne and Perth over the past week
The Queenslander, who has a total of seven million followers on TikTok and Instagram, spent the past week touring Sydney and Melbourne with crazy devotees.
Similar scenes were captured at both events as enamored fans flocked to see her, carrying gifts including flowers, letters, posters and clothing.
The meet-and-greet in Perth was her last stop, where she would promote her new partnership with Stax and personally sell items from her collection that are not normally available to WA consumers.
Paul started out as a lip-sync artist on TikTok before embarking on a lucrative career posting content to the subscription-based site Only Fans, where she is one of the highest earners.
As of April, her net worth was estimated at $6 million to $7 million, including her lavish waterfront mansion on the Gold Coast.