Fake news in SPH owned STOMP about large rat feasting on sweets at Kitchener Rd restaurant

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Singapore Press Holdings’ owned STOMP yesterday published a video and a report about a large rat eating Indian sweets in a restaurant at Kitchener Road.The site claiming that the news source was from one of its contributors said that the rat was “happily nibbling on sweets at Sangeetha Vegetarian Restaurant along Kitchener Road in Little India.”

The news and the video quickly went viral, especially among the Indian community in Singapore.

Discerning netizens were however quick to point out that the restaurant¬†in question was not located in Singapore as claimed by the news site. Facebook user Gangasudhan said: “To those people currently sharing the rat eating kesari at Sangeetha Vegetarian Restaurant, please be informed that the outlet is located in DLF IT Park in CHENNAI, INDIA. Our local establishment, Sangeetha Bhavan Restaurant, is not related and has nothing to do with the video.”

The Singaporean restaurant also reached out out to its customers in its Facebook and said that the news was fake.

link: https://www.facebook.com/sangeethabhavanrestaurant/posts/1201171113331634?match=c2FuZ2VldGhhIGJoYXZhbiByZXN0YXVyYW50

STOMP only took down their report after the restaurant issued the clarification.

link: http://www.stomp.com.sg/videos/large-rat-feasts-on-sweets-at-kitchener-rd-restaurant/4802324446001/link%20to%20be%20inserted

But the video story titled, ‘Large rat feasts on sweets at Kitchener Rd restaurant”, is still up on the news site.

http://www.stomp.com.sg/videos/large-rat-feasts-on-sweets-at-kitchener-rd-restaurant/4802324446001/5286047416001