Viral message warns of needle found in banana in Penang; traders claim it's a hoax

Viral message warns of needle found in banana in Penang; traders claim it's a hoax
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A text message about a needle that was allegedly found in a banana in Penang has gone viral, China Press highlighted.

The WhatsApp message, narrated by a woman speaking in Hokkien, warned people to be careful when eating bananas.

She claimed that her friend’s mother and a worker went to buy some bananas at a shop, but the worker’s tongue was pierced by a needle embedded in the fruit.

“Luckily, it was not too serious and the doctor managed to extract the needle,” the narrator said. The message was accompanied by a photo of a needle in the fruit, reported New Straits Times.

But some traders said the report was a hoax to affect the brisk sales of bananas during the ongoing Nine Emperor Gods Festival.

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