In most cases the aim is to intimidate rather than permanently main or kill. Otherwise how would they repay what they owe?
Using a third-party company like a take-away means they cannot be traced and, for the price of a dodgy curry, the job gets done.
One fixer who wished to remain anonymous due to his embarrassing nickname said: “There are so many filthy food places these days. We drive around and make a note of the really bad ones.
“When the boss wants us to ‘send a message’ to someone we just ring up one of the take-aways and get an order delivered. No one turns down a free meal.
“At best you can guarantee they get the runs and sometimes it lays them up for days. A good ‘fix’, I’d say.”
One such recipient, Joe (not his real name) said: “I know I was a bit behind, like, but Christ, giving a guy salmonella is a bit much, innit?
“I mean, I can take a beating with the best of them but that bloody curry laid me up for a week. It ain’t right I tell ya. Underhand is what it is.”
The boss the fixer worked for declined to be interviewed but sent a comment made from cut-out newspaper headlines. “Took me all day to do that,” said the fixer proudly.
“As food hygiene standards fall, we use that to enhance our business methods, too. We are a modern, equal opportunity company and believe even dirty restaurants have something to offer our customers. Usually it’s food poisoning.”
Ref: BBC News Trust ‘undermined’ by food delivery firms over hygiene
What’s your preference: a beating or sickness and diarrhea for three days?
Is this a trick you’re going to try on someone you don’t like?
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