Malawians on social media have called for boycott of Pizza Inn after management of the restaurant harassed and stole from a business woman.
The woman, Lexina Lobati, sells tomatoes to the restaurant which is located at Lilongwe City Mall.
On Wednesday in the morning she went to the restaurant with three baskets (Madengu) full of tomatoes since management had agreed to buy all her merchandise at a fair price.
However, after keeping Lobati waiting for hours – during which time they also sent her on some errands – bosses at Pizza Inn told the woman they will only pay K24, 000 for all the three baskets of tomatoes.
Considering the high cost of tomatoes especially and the costs she had incurred transporting the produce from Ntcheu, the woman refused the offer.
The bosses immediately gave her back the tomatoes. That is when Lobati noticed that the restaurant had stolen some of the tomatoes and she demanded that they pay her for the ones they used. But the restaurant bosses refused to pay and took advantage of the woman. The issue has been widely discussed on Facebook and some Malawians have vowed to never eat at Pizza Inn again. Other have argued that the issue highlights the challenges small scale businesspeople face when doing business with foreign owned companies.