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.