On July 22, a representative of the Mapo-city youth education center spoke up regarding recent media headlines, which reported that boxes of K-Pop albums were found stored in the education center's parking garage.
Earlier on this day, one media outlet claimed that boxes of K-Pop albums worth well over $10,000 USD were found stored in the lower level parking garage of the Mapo-city youth education center. Furthermore, the report raised allegations that certain entertainment agencies were in contact with the education center, committing 'sajaegi' (chart manipulation) by purchasing albums in bulk and storing them at the center.
However, according to the Mapo-city center representative, "We are currently receiving K-Pop album donations from a distribution company, 'Ktown4u', as many overseas fans purchase albums and discard the physical copies, only keeping the photocards inside. These albums, which we receive with permission from the fans, are handed out to youth who visit our center to use our programs, as well as during youth festivals, charity events, etc."
The rep continued, "Since February, we have not been able to re-open the education center due to COVID19. This is why there is a large store of albums in the parking garage."