Proprietors of the Tiger Lily restaurant have been left ‘dismayed’ at the discriminatory comments posted on social media against both themselves and the ‘wider Asian community’.
The takeaway in Gull Coppice, Whiteley, was recently placed under investigation by Fareham Borough Council after an Environmental Health inspection indicated ‘major improvements were necessary’.
However, owners have been left so bewildered by people’s response in trying to connect the judgement to the current pandemic that they have have resorted to posting a statement on their shop window to express their disbelief.
The statement read: ‘We would like to take this time to express our dismay at the way some people have responded to the news (of the one star rating). Certain people have connected coronavirus and used public forums as a means to publicly discriminate against eastern businesses and members of the Asian community and we have felt the sharp end of this sensational reaction and this we do not condone.’
The owners also apologised to customers for the recent inspection outcome and said they were confident of achieving a higher score in a follow-up inspection.
The statement added: ‘We hope that your judgement is not unfairly clouded and we look forward to rejoining the ranks of this excellent community that we have catered for over the last 14 years.’
The virus, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization.