Fresh from dealing with a PCC complaint lodged by violent nurse Kevin McCartney, I feel obliged to share another complaint – this one crossed my desk this week.
The premises were littered with mouse droppings, rodents had gnawed through food bags and a waste pipe was dripping unpleasant liquids onto the floor. Nor was this a first offence – Suruchi was also pulled up by inspectors in 2006 when they discovered a cockroach infestation in the restaurant.
Apologies for any upset caused to those of a delicate disposition – or indeed, those who may have had the misfortune to have dined there without realising either Cockroach Surprise or Mousesh*t Special were on the menu.
The outcome on Friday was that Rodrigues was convicted of five offences and slapped with a ban that will prevent him from managing any food business without first seeking the permission of the court.
His defence lawyer claimed it was a first offence for his client – prompting the sheriff to ask how he had conveniently forgotten the 2006 Cockroach Case. The defence brief patiently explained that in the earlier case it wasn’t Mr Rodrigues who was convicted and fined – but actually his company, Indi Foods Ltd.
All of which prompted the sheriff to raise and eyebrow and retort: “The company of which he was the sole director?”.
You’re probably there ahead of me now. After Deadline Press & Picture Agency reported the court case on its website, raging Rodrigues was quickly in touch claiming that he’d never been fined before – because the previous offence was committed by his company (yes, the same company of which he was the sole director).
Among his comments was this:
I am sorry but your news is totally false. I have not been fined before. This is the first time. In the previous instance the company was fined and not me personally. You should send reporters who know the difference in the two. You are a bunch of liars.
Surely even a five year old would realise theres a major difference between Herman being convicted and fined - and the company of which Herman was the sole director being convicted and fined.
Therefore, I’ve asked a five year old to help put the record straight in this little compilation piece (complete with actual pics taken at Suruchi by Inspectors):
You can also see the full written apology (also by a five year old) by clicking on the picture below: