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Cash Mob Planned For Chilliwack Indian Restaurants

03/06/2013 08:44 EST | Updated 05/06/2013 05:12 EDT
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Some Chilliwack residents are planning to show their support for two Indian restaurants that received hateful emails from an anonymous sender by organizing a "cash mob."

A cash mob is when a group of people use social media to converge on a local business to support it by making purchases. Organizers are encouraging patrons to visit Shandhar Hut Indian Cuisine and Bay Leaf Restaurant on Friday for lunch, dinner or takeout.

According to the Cash Mob Chilliwack Facebook page, every person who visits either establishment on Friday will be automatically entered to win a selection of door prizes donated by other Chilliwack merchants.

Sumit Gulati, owner of the Bay Leaf restaurant, told CBC News he's been inundated with calls of support and that people are coming from as far away as Surrey and Abbotsford on Sunday for another "cash mob."

Meanwhile, RCMP in the Fraser Valley are investigating complaints from three businesses who received the same disturbing emails in which the sender wrote Chilliwack doesn't "need the folk from India and Surrey to pollute this city," and "there is a deep longing for you to never appear there again."

Police say the anonymous sender later wrote an email of apology, indicating he or she was sorry.

RCMP Cpl. Tammy Hollingsworth said the person claimed in the apology to be having a bad day, and to be suffering from mental health issues when the emails were written.

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