Fans who attended a meet and greet with TikTok star and OnlyFans creator Anna Paul have slammed the sportswear brand that staged the event.
Celebrating her collaboration with Australian clothing brand Stax, the 23-year-old influencer was due to make an in-store appearance at her Hay Street Mall location in Perth’s CBD.
While the brand was expecting 200 to 300 people, fans had started queuing as early as 10:30 p.m. the previous evening.
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By the event’s scheduled start time of noon, the entire shopping street was swamped with more than a thousand people, with reports of jostling, queuing jumping and some attendees collapsing.
Police were then called to the store and the meeting was called off. A statement from WA Police said this was due to “the size of the crowd and the lack of proper security and other event planning in place to deal with the larger than expected crowds”.
A woman who had been in line for 7 a.m. said the crowd was “crazy” and blamed Stax for the poorly organized event.
“It was very disappointing,” said TikTok user @tiffashleigh.
“I just wasted five hours of my day going to meet Anna Paul, where I couldn’t even go.”
She said that by 11 a.m. the crowd had been pushed to the “side of the street, like sardines”.
“People were pushing you from behind, so you literally had no choice but to push towards the person in front of you (even if you didn’t want to) or get trampled and knocked over.
Tiffy claimed police told her four people had collapsed and she saw a girl in the Stax store being treated by paramedics.
Another fan slammed the brand for “not knowing how to run an event.”
“There was no fence when we got here and there were already 2000 people here when we got here at 7am,” TikTok user @thaliahorgan.x said.
“So Anna Paul we still love you but f**k you Stax for not knowing how to organize an event because we asked all the cops and rangers and they had no idea an event was going on. ”
In one of several videos showing the crowded and sprawling crowd, a group of teenagers were seen jumping and chanting Paul’s name.
Later in the clip, a girl can be heard saying, “Oh my god, I’m getting run over.”
The video’s caption said the behavior of people in the crowd was unacceptable.
“I am absolutely disgusted by the events that transpired upon meeting Anna Paul,” it read.
“People were throwing food at people and making deodorant bombs. it got to the point where people would pass out and have (had) seizures.
Footage shared from Hay Street Mall after the event was canceled also showed the area littered with rubbish and food.
A statement released by Stax at 4pm on Sunday said they were forced to cancel the event due to instructions from Perth Police.
“We are overwhelmed by the response and cannot thank you all as much for your continued support of Stax and all that we do,” the statement read.
“As you can imagine this is not how we planned today, I am personally sorry that we cannot continue.
“We love and appreciate each of you.”
Paul – who has more than five million followers on TikTok, two million Instagram followers and one of the highest-earning creators on Only Fans – also apologized for the chaotic event.
The Sunshine Coast woman has more than five million followers on TikTok and two million fans on Instagram. Paul is also one of the top earners on OnlyFans.
“For security reasons, Western Australia Police had to close the Perth Meet and Greet early. It has become a huge safety hazard,” she wrote in an Instagram story.
“I am so, so, so sorry. We did our best to work with the police, but it was too much.
“Your safety is always our number one concern.”