A cash handout in Pasuruan, Indonesia turned into a stampede on Sunday, killing at least 21 people. A wealthy businessman announced he would be handing out gifts of 40,000 rupiah to people as part of his observance of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Such handouts are common in Indonesia, a Muslim nation, during this month of fasting. However, the local government was unaware of this particular handout, and did not have the necessary security in place for the event, which ended in tragedy.
40,000 rupiah might sound like a huge amount of money, but actually it's only equal to about $4.25. These people waited in line, and many died, for just about enough money to buy breakfast... for one.
Charitable handout turns deadly in Indonesia