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Food poisoning claim in bad taste: police

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 8/03/2017

One woman's alleged false claims of food poisoning has left a bad taste in the mouth of Auckland police.

The woman is accused of asking an Avondale restaurant for money after showing what she said was a doctor's certificate claiming the eatery's food had left her stricken with food poisoning, Sergeant Elle Manukau says.

However, it is highly unlikely a GP would write the name of a restaurant on a medical certificate without an extended process first taking place, Sgt Manukau said.

"Based on the information we've gathered, we don't believe that this woman has had food poisoning."

Police believe they know who the woman is and that she has faced previous charges for dishonesty.

The Public Health Office had also advised there had been no observable increase in food poisoning cases involving a woman in West Auckland.

The alleged scam was disturbing because small business owners can understandably become "quite terrified to think the reputation of their business is at risk, because they have given someone food poisoning", Sgt Manukau said.

"We'd like to hear from anyone else who has had a similar experience."

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