Beware of hake in ‘kreef’ suits

2017-05-23 06:01

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An Ottery resident wants to warn people to be aware that there’s something fishy about seafood bargains that seem too good to be true.

Kenny Carolus found that taking up an offer from a travelling salesman of some delicacies from the deep he was just buying hake in a kreefstertjie (crayfish tail).

He explains that about two weeks ago he was waiting in the parking area of the Ottery Hypermarket when he was approached by a man asking if he was interested in buying seafood.

“I confess that when it comes to flavours from the sea, I’m a bit of a push­over,” he says.

“The guy who approached me seemed quite decent and had some smoked snoek that he was selling, but when I showed some interest he asked if I liked other kinds of seafood like crayfish, mussels and kingklip.

“He then pointed to a van parked a distance away and I could see that there already were some people gathered around it.

“It all looked above board with boxes of frozen products stacked in the van and a salesman expounding the merits of his wares.”

Carolus adds that while he was waiting one of the “customers” contributed to the scam by walking away with some boxes and mentioning that he regularly bought from this source.

“This seemed to spur some of the ‘shoppers’ into action and some sales started happening.

“My interest was firstly for the kingklip steaks that looked like the real thing but the cherry on the cake was the boxes of crayfish tails. For the record, they worked out to about R5 each.

“I was already planning my menu for the rest of the weekend. About ten covered in garlic butter would help me get through the soccer in the afternoon and the smell of the potjie for Sunday was firmly on my mind.

“Supper on Saturday was going to be the kingklip, so my meals were sorted.”

Unfortunately it all went horribly wrong when his wife started preparing some tails for the afternoon snack.

“I was settling down in front of the TV when my wife uttered those horrible words, ‘Dié is nie kreef nie!’ (This is not crayfish).

“What I saw when I got to the kitchen broke my heart. It was obviously not crayfish, it was all crumbly and was simply hake.

“It was the same story when we examined the ‘kingklip’; I think it was monkfish.”

Carolus wants people to be aware of these scams with bargains that seem too good to be true.

“I’ve heard of mock crayfish but these bargains made a mockery of me,” he ­reflects.

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