Emdad Rahman: Yesterday I was forwarded a malicious text referring to Spice Hut in Burdett Road. Although by no means the most glamorous eaterie in the borough it is, along with its sister shop on Mile End Road, one of the most popular haunts for local fast food aficionados.
I got tired of telling people to verify the information as it seemed be a substandard, poorly written and maliciously concocted attempt to affect someone's livelihood and thus spent my lunch hour digging this.
The details of hygiene levels mentioned within the text are false. There is no planned inspection/closure. I now know that there is no Mr Phillips from the Council nor is there a Mr Walker from Business Standards. The references mentioned are not listed on the local authority website under local business reviews.
There is no local 'prayer leader' named 'Imbrahim (sic) Musa' and I'm sure readers are unfamiliar with the designation used within the text. There are no Imams (or prayer leaders) with that name and just to be doubly sure I have contacted and checked the Council of Mosques, office holders and board of trustees. There is no Imbrahim/Ibrahim Musa amongst their office holders, board of trustees or members.
I spoke to Shahab Uddin who is the owner. This afternoon he opened his third branch near Watney Market. He confirmed that the texts were malicious and not true: "This is designed to hurt our reputation and we have all found this to be very upsetting. We will be reporting this to the council as well as the police."
It was further revealed that there is no inspection as stated in the circulated texts: "We welcome checks but this is also false. It's sad that people have to stoop to these levels to hurt others," he added.
Scores on the doors has the latest food hygiene ratings for Spice Hut here.
Well who dunnit? Was it an unhappy customer? A disgruntled employee? An ambitious competitor? It remains to be seen what impact this text has but I believe in this instance all publicity is good publicity. I think this text has actually raised the profile of Spice Hut and will increase sympathy and visitors.
So there you have it. The type of communication below is designed to affect decent hardworking people. Don't forward rubbish like this unless you're totally sure about authenticity. Innocent complicity could wrongfully character assassinate someone and dearly affect their means of livelihood. If you're still concerned then avoid by all means but please don't allow your common sense to be duped by a hoax.
The offensive text...
THE FAST FOOD OUTLET "SPICE HUT" WHICH IS LOCATED ON BURDETT ROAD MILE END IS GOING THROUGH A 1 WEEK AUDIT BECAUSE OF IT'S HYGIENE ISSUES.
FAST FOOD RESUARANTS USUALLY GO THROUGH A 1 DAY TESTING AND RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE TO CONTINUE BUSINESS.
THIS HAS HAPPENED DUE TO SEVERAL ANONYMOUS COMPLAINTS REGARDING FOOD POISONNING, VIEWING OF MICE, COCKROACHES, BLACK OIL (WHICH CAUSES CANCER TO THE STOMACH) AND STAFF HAVING NO LEVEL OF PERSONAL HYGIENE.
MR PHILLIPS FROM TOWER HAMLETS COUNCIL (LOCAL BUSINESS NEWS EDITING DEPARTMENT) WENT THERE ON 26 NOVEMBER 2013. HIS REACTION STARTLED OTHERS AS HE WENT THERE UNDERCOVER. HE HAD SAID THIS IS THE MOST BUSIEST SHOP ON THE ROAD AND I HAVE ALREADY SEEN 2 MICE ON THE SEATING AREA AND THE MAN SERVING THE FOOD HAS A FLU AND HE IS CONSTANTLY TOUCHING HIS NOSTRILS.
FOOD WAS TAKEN BACK TO BE EXAMINED AND THE CONTENT IN THE FOOD WAS TERRIBLE. QUOTES MR WALKER FROM BUSINESS STANDARDS. THERE WAS HAIR, HUMAN DNA FROM SWEAT AND SALIVA, EXCREMENT OF MICE PARTICLES ON THE CHICKEN OILS.
MR WALKER IS SAYING THE BUSINESS WILL MAY BE SHUT DOWN AFTER ONE WEEK OF MONITORING WHICH WILL START ON 16 FEBRUARY 2014. PEOPLE ARE ADVISED NOT EAT THERE TILL THIS IS OVER AND RESULTS WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE LOCAL NEWSPAPER.
SHAIKH IMBRAHIM MUSA, LOCAL PRAYER LEADER IN THE MOSQUES OF TOWER HAMLETS HAS SAID, " IF YOU THINK THIS PLACE SPICE HUT IS HALAL THEN PIGS REALLY CAN FLY. THERE'S NO HMC CERTIFIED DOCUMENT DISPLAYED, AND IF THE OWNER TOLD YOU BUT IT'S HALAL, DOES THAT MAKE IT RIGHT? " THE PRAYER LEADER THEN CONTINUED SAYING ." IF I WAS TO GIVE YOU DRUGS AND SAY IT'S HALAL, WOULD YOU STILL TAKE IT AND BLAME ME LATER FOR SAYING IT'S HALAL? YOU HAVE TO USE YOUR OWN LOGIC "
PLEASE TAKE NOTE IN WHAT HAS BEEN MENTIONED IN THIS MESSAGE AND ALL QUOTES AND NAME REFERENCES CAN BE FOUND ON THE TOWER HAMLETS WEBSITE UNDER LOCAL BUSINESS REVIEWS.