Western Australia Police were forced to shut down the event with influencer Anna Paul after rowdy fans stormed a mall and caused a crowd.
Hundreds of teenagers flocked to a Stax pop-up store perth‘s CBD on Sunday to catch the 23-year-old influencer as she travels across the country.
Dozens camped outside the store overnight to be the first in line, which had grown to several thousand five hours before the 7am event began.
Stax was unable to proceed with the meet and greet after the crowd spiraled out of control, forcing police to step in and shut them down.
While Stax has apologized for the cancellation, the mess has sparked outrage from devastated fans, who have slammed the label over organizing the event.
A meeting with popular influencer Anna Paul (pictured) descended into chaos in Perth on Sunday
“It was very disappointing,” Tiffashleigh explained on TikTok.
“I just wasted five hours of my day to meet Anna Paul, which I didn’t even manage to do.”
She arrived at 7am, well before chaos broke out three and a half hours later.
Those in the queue were marked with a number to avoid similar scenes that had happened in Melbourne a few days earlier.
“It was nice and cool and quiet, I made friends with girls sitting in front and behind me,” Tiffy recalled.
“We sat down, played games and watched TikToks.”
“Between 7am and 10am a really long line started to form and then around 10:30am a man with a camera started filming the long line down the street.
“Everyone thought it was Anna and started pushing and yelling and that’s when the chaos started.”
She claimed the crowd was “herded like sardines” to the side of the road as more cops arrived.
“People kept pushing you from behind, so you literally had no choice but to push the person in front of you forward, even though you didn’t want to avoid getting trampled and falling,” she recalled.
Angry fans have attacked Stax after a meeting with her idol Anna Paul was canceled shortly after the event started
Tiff believes several fans were allowed into the store to meet Anna before the event was canceled 15 minutes into the game.
“The cops told me and a couple of other girls that four people had collapsed and a few had been trampled on,” she said
“There was a girl in the Stax store being treated by paramedics.”
Tiffy summed up the day as very disappointing as she set her sights on the activewear label.
“Stax really had to organize the event, it seemed like the bulls and rangers didn’t even know this event was even happening,” she said.
“A lot of cops said, ‘We didn’t even know this was happening and we weren’t told by the company.’
Her memory of events sparked further backlash against Stax.
“Stax had to do better, knowing how young many of Anna’s fans are they created a really unsafe environment,” commented one viewer.
Another added: “Stax is definitely at fault here and they tried to pin the blame on the police but they are the ones who were negligent in their event.”
Some of those lucky enough to meet Anna before the event closed also spoke out.
“I got there at 5am and got to meet her, she is so nice, I felt so bad she wanted to leave, it should have been a live event instead,” wrote one fan.
Another added: “They let us in early around 11:20am and I got to meet them but yeah it was crazy.”
Another woman claimed there were already 2,000 people when she arrived at 7am.
“So Anna Paul we still love you but fuck 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 happening,” TikTok said -User Thaliahorgan.x .
Stax owners have since apologized to disappointed fans, adding that they were heartbroken that the event could not go ahead.
“We are blown away by the response and cannot thank you all so much for your continued support of STAX. and everything we do,” read a statement on Instagram.
“As you can imagine we did not anticipate for today that I am personally heartbroken that we cannot go ahead. We love and appreciate each and every one of you.”
Footage posted to social media shows hordes of supporters standing shoulder to shoulder outside the Stax store, a sportswear brand Paul is promoting, on Hay Street and chanting “Anna!” while waiting to catch a glimpse of the star.
WA Police were forced to intervene as “tensions” flared up after some attendees reportedly “skipped the queue” as a huge crowd gathered at the venue.
Police have canceled a pop-up event in Perth to meet influencer Anna Paul (pictured) after hundreds of teenagers took to the scene
“Police visited a clothing store in Hay Street Mall at the request of management as the store was expecting around 200 to 300 people to attend an event posted on social media,” WA Police said.
“There was a much larger crowd than expected. Tensions were found to be rising in some parts of the crowd with allegations of “queue jumping”.
“Police have called in the assistance of the St. John Ambulance after several people collapsed and required medical attention.”
The event was scheduled to run from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. but was canceled early due to officials dispersing fans from the area.
WA Police said the event was canceled after consultation with store management “due to the size of the crowd”, “a lack of adequate security” and insufficient capacity to deal with the unexpectedly high numbers.
Paul released a statement on Instagram just after midday, saying police had ordered organizers to close the event over crowd control concerns.
“Western Australia Police have had to close the Perth Meet and Greet early for security reasons,” she wrote.
“It became a huge security risk… thanks for being awesome… I’m so sorry we did our best to cooperate with the police but it became too much.”
Anna has spent the past week on a meet and greet tour of Sydney, Melbourne and Perth
The Queenslander, who has a combined seven million followers across TikTok and Instagram, has spent the past week touring Sydney and Melbourne mingling with crazed followers.
Similar scenes were captured at both events as enthusiastic fans flocked to see them, bringing gifts including flowers, letters, posters and clothing.
The Perth meet-and-greet was her final stop, where she was to promote her new collaboration with Stax and personally sell items from her collection not typically available to consumers in WA.
Paul started out as a lip sync artist on TikTok before embarking on a lucrative career posting content on subscription-based site Only Fans, where she is one of the top earners.
As of April, her net worth was an estimated $6 million to $7 million, including her lavish waterfront mansion on the Gold Coast.