A long line of people queuing up to buy food. Photo grabbed from Google Search.
DISCLAIMER : There is absolutely no concrete evidence about the truth of this post. This is just my take on it from stories I’ve heard which are not necessarily true.
Have you ever wondered why some food stalls or restaurants have a huge flow of customers, but their food are not really that extraordinary or even tasteless and bland? I am about to delve into an unknown territory here. and it is a little intimidating. But I’ll try..
As my religion dictates, I do not believe in witchcraft or black magic. I have not had the “opportunity” to see it with my own eyes, and I don’t really know if I want to see it. Actually just thinking of it gives me the willies. There are stories of Malay stall or restaurant owners who used these to attract customers and make their business a success. Whether this is true or not, wallahu alam, Allah knows best.
Let me relate a story. A little scary, I’m already having goosebumps. Names will not be mentioned :
A few years, there was this viral email going around our Malay community about a certain Nasi Lemak (coconut rice with fried anchovies, egg, chicken wing and chilli sauce) stall here in Singapore. This stall has the reputation of being the one with the longest queue amongst all the other Nasi Lemak stalls in that food centre. The email stated that there was an Islamic religious teacher who went there to eat with his family. After buying and as he was about to eat, he said a little prayer, and he was stunned to see a black figure perched on top of the rice cooker in the stall. It seemed that this black figure is “waving” to attract customers. The religious teacher ended up not eating at all.
The stall got a bad name after that but somehow people still come in droves, And it’s true, I always see a long line, sometimes snaking, of customers there. But what strikes me the most when I see the people who lined up, hardly any Malays. Is it because of the email? Who knows!
To me, a long line always put me off. Whenever I’m there to eat Nasi Lemak, I always go to the stall with the shortest queue. I do not have a favourite that i MUST go to. And actually I have tried once eating at that particular stall. My verdict, it tasted the same. Like all the other stalls there.
As for the viral email, I do not believe the story. For all I know, it might have been circulated by the other stall owners there who were jealous of this stall’s success. You never know!
Like I said, there is no way of knowing whether what I had written is true. And this post is in no way intended to cause any harm to any business. *peace*
-hazrock, Hogwarts’ dropout