Eastwood mall officials want to set an internet hoax straight.
Mall spokesman Joe Bell said someone posted a picture of a dead mouse in a plate of Chinese food saying it was served at the Asian Chao Restaurant inside of the Eastwood Mall food court.
Officials immediately investigated the claim that circulated on Twitter and Facebook and reported that the restaurant chain passed all health inspections.
Investigators traced the picture back to an image service on the internet, and it has no ties to the mall location.
“They posted this and claimed that it came from the Eastwood Mall, and this is just horrendous because what they’re doing is playing with the livelihood of the restaurant owner and all his employees,” said Bell. “That could make or break a restaurant when you have that kind of claim out there that’s completely unsubstantiated.”
Company officials said they tried to track down exactly where the claim originated. They cannot take legal action, but the restaurant owner could file a civil suit.