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Netlore Archive: Email hoax claims an 'Asian/Chinese restaurant' in Atlanta, Georgia was closed by authorities for offering dishes made of rats, mice, kittens, and puppies.

Description: Email hoax / Urban legend
Circulating since: Jan. 2005
Status: False
Analysis: See last page


Example:
Email contributed by V. Heimer, Jan. 11, 2005:

Subject: POPULAR RESTAURANT SHUT DOWN ! ! ! ! !

Wow I don't quite know what to say to this other than what is the restaurant's name.

THIS IS NOT CHICKEN.. LOOK HARDER...

A popular Asian/Chinese restaurant bistro here in Atlanta was closed down this morning after authorities received a tip that the owner was accepting shipments of rats and mice from a vendor to prepare in his dishes. The owner and his wife were arrested early this morning and charges are not known at this time. After a full search of the kitchen, authorities found, packaged rats, mice, kittens, puppies and a large frozen hawk. The restaurant is a popular gathering spot for local celebrities such as Whitney Houston and husband Bobby Brown, Jermaine Dupree, Janet Jackson, Usher, Monica, Puffy, TI, Ludacris, Lil Jon, Toni Braxton, TLC and others. The restaurant has locations off Peachtree Road and Alpharetta near North Pointe Mall.

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