Chinese restaurant owners ‘sick’ of racist prank calls asking if they serve bats

The Daily Star’s FREE newsletter is spectacular! Sign up today for the best stories straight to your inbox

A couple who run a well known Chinese restaurant in Reading have been the victims of continuous racist prank calls from people asking if they serve bat on the menu.

The cruel joke began during the pandemic but even before Covid reached the shores of the UK unknown callers rang asking to know if the restaurant served cat or dog meat.

According to BerkshireLive, Steven Mann and his Chinese wife Joanna say they are both sick of it and have no choice but to report the callers to the police.

Steven, who comes from Coventry, says that the callers put on a "cartoon Chinese accent" and have been known to use a voice distorter.

The couple who run the authentic restaurant on Christchurch Road in the Berkshire city have children together and are aware of other restaurants in the area whose staff are also being harassed.

It is understood that the callers ask if the restaurant "serve bats" due to many scientists believing the original transmission of Covid-19 starting through bats in the Wuhan area of China.

Steven said: "I'm English and come from Coventry so I find it more annoying. We're trying to run a business here and these people phone up a lot.

  • Prince Harry 'calls the shots' and has ‘put bomb under future king William’s future’

"It's a massive waste of time.

"You get a lot of people thinking it's funny to talk in these cartoon-style Chinese accents to me and to my wife, which is pretty offensive to my wife and my children.

"You also get people phoning up and asking if we serve bat, or dog meat, or cats. It happens all the time and has been happening for years."

Get latest news headlines delivered free

Want all the latest shocking news and views from all over the world straight into your inbox?

We've got the best royal scoops, crime dramas and breaking stories – all delivered in that Daily Star style you love.

Our great newsletters will give you all you need to know, from hard news to that bit of glamour you need every day. They'll drop straight into your inbox and you can unsubscribe whenever you like.

You can sign up here – you won't regret it…

His wife, who is 38, added: "I'm very feisty with them, I don't take any nonsense.

"I take their numbers down and block them. But they just keep coming back, I'm sick of it now so will go to the police with this latest one.

"What worries me is that there are people in other restaurants in Reading who don't speak English as well as we do and might be getting the same sort of abuse, so we're going to the police to try to stop it happening to all the Chinese people in Reading."

Mr Mann added one person had even gone to the lengths to use a voice distorter to make a call to the restaurant.

The couple said they're not sure if it's one person or a group of people and they now try not to answer calls from unknown numbers.

  • Coronavirus
  • Food
  • Restaurants

Source: Read Full Article