Ypsilanti restaurant gets angry calls for assumed affiliation with man

Ypsilanti restaurant gets angry calls for assumed affiliation with man

June 12, 2021 Off By administrator
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Pho House restaurant on Washtenaw Avenue in Ypsilanti on Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo: Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press)

A Ypsilanti restaurant took to Facebook on Friday morning to try to clear up rumors tying it to a man charged in the shooting of a 6-year-old boy in Ypsilanti Township on Sunday.

“He’s not the owner, he never has been and I have always been the owner of the building,” Jurney Inhmathong of Pho House Vietnamese Noodles and Grill also told MLive.com. “So I don’t know how people got information saying he was (the) owner, but he never was.”

According to the Facebook post, Ryan Le-Nguyen did work there in 2015.

The shooting was a “terrible tragedy” and their “hearts go out to the family and the child that was hurt,” it went on to say. 

“We do not support what he did. We do not condone his actions. He is not married to any of our family members.”

An employee who answered the restaurant’s telephone told a Free Press reporter they were receiving a lot of angry calls Friday.

An emergency bond hearing on Thursday increasing Le-Nguyen’s bail to $100,000 from $10,000 was held after community outcry on the original bail. Le-Nguyen is back behind bars. Le-Nguyen is accused of shooting the boy in the arm as he was getting his bike from his yard, Fox 2 reported.

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A post on New Era Detroit’s Facebook page encourages people not to support Pho House Vietnamese Noodles and Grill because, it claims, the restaurant is the “family business of the man who shot 6-year-old boy.” The Facebook post had more than 570 comments and 8,400 shares as of Friday evening. 

Facebook messages sent to New Era Detroit, described as an “organization formed to restore Black unity in Black communities in Detroit as well as across the nation …,”  were not returned 

On Yelp.com, a review site that includes restaurants, the business is being monitored for content, a “Public Attention Alert” is posted and posting has been disabled. According to Yelp, alerts are placed on a business page if someone associated with a business is “accused of, or the target of, racist behavior … to warn consumers that the business may be seeing an unusual spike in reviews as a result of increased public attention.”

Part of Yelp’s policy is to make sure the posts are a first-hand experience.

“When a business gains public attention, consumers often come to Yelp to express their views on the news, which can artificially inflate or deflate a business’s star rating, said Kathleen Liu, Yelp spokeswoman, in an email to the Free Press.

According to Yelp’s Safety and Trust report 2020, the site reported a more than 200% increase in “media-fueled” alerts from 2019.

Matt Friedman, co-founder of Tanner Friedman Strategic Communications in Farmington Hills, said these situations are “emblematic of a trend.”  More and more of this is…

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