Lights out, rats in: Mookata restaurant in Boon Lay says rodent sightings are cafes’ problem, Singapore News

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During a hearty mookata dinner at the Boon Lay mall, a woman’s appetite was ruined by rats rushing towards her.

But the establishment in question, Siam Square Mookata, not only took no responsibility, but also pointed out to AsiaOne that other restaurants in the surrounding area were also facing the same problem.

Taking to Facebook on Tuesday July 5, restaurant Jamie Lee said: “Would anyone go to a place full of rats running around the store?

In the accompanying videos, several rats were seen scurrying along the pipes in the restaurant.

In an interview with AsiaOne, Jamie Lee shared that a rat “touched” her husband’s foot while they were having dinner at Siam Square Mookata a few days ago.

“They were bigger than my palm. It was awful,” the 24-year-old housewife said, adding that they had left for dinner elsewhere after restaurant staff told them they would find rodents there.” was normal”.

Speaking to AsiaOne on Wednesday July 6, Siam Square Mookata said they are aware of this incident and are carrying out their own investigations.

“However, I think the rats were there because of the coffeeshop issue and not our shop,” a restaurant spokesperson said. “The rats came in when our store was [was] firm.”

The spokesperson added that the rats may have come from other stores.

The restaurant did not respond to our questions about what they plan to do about this rodent problem and whether they have reported this issue to mall management.

AsiaOne has also emailed the Singapore Food Agency, the Boon Lay Merchants Association and HDB, which operates the Boon Lay Mall, for comment.

Other food establishments have had similar experiences with rodents infiltrating their restaurants.

In October 2020, a restaurant spotted rats “as big as his fist” at another Thai restaurant in Woodlands, while a rat was seen around food trays at a Toa Payoh restaurant in March 2019.

Food establishments that are caught with a pest infestation can be fined up to $2,000according to the National Environment Agency (NEA).

Under the Vector and Pesticide Control Act, these errant businesses could be ordered to close indefinitely or until specific steps are taken to address the problem, the NEA added.

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