Justin Bieber fans lose their minds again, this time in New Zealand
This apparently was news to 500 or so fans who turned out to greet the pop sensation at the Auckland, New Zealand, airport on Monday and got so pushy and crushy that police simply whisked him away, MTV reports.
Even worse (and we say that with a large dollop of sarcasm), Bieber's hat was snatched right off his head in the fracas by a girl who then held it for ransom. Via Twitter, Emah Hira Matiu, 17, asked for a hug in exchange for the hat.
She told TVNZ that after taking the cap, she "shoved it down my shirt ... got trampled ... and then I ran away."
"I do know that I have technically stolen it," Matiu said. "But he's a celebrity and this is what you get for being famous ... kinda comes with the deal ... we didn't mean to upset him, all we wanted was a hug."
Bieber, however, isn't shy about what he's not down with, and he wasn't down with the girl's demands. "[N]o hugs. no thank u's," he tweeted after the hat was returned -- with a note including contact information tucked inside.
A bungee jump did briefly get the singer away from the crowds.
-- Christie D'Zurilla
Photo: Ladies, ladies, ladies -- you do realize it looks totally scary when you do this, right? Hundreds of fans waited at the Auckland, New Zealand, airport on Tuesday for a glimpse of Justin Bieber, but wound up disappointed. Tip: Whether the boy of your dreams is 16 or 46, acting all crazy will just make him decide to escape through a side door. Credit: David Rowland / EPA
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