Kuwaiti store ‘closed down after staff stuck

Something fishy’s going on here… Kuwaiti store ‘is closed down after staff stuck ‘googly eyes’ on fish to make them look fresh’

  • Shop shut down after owners were reportedly caught sticking fake eyes on fish 
  • Kuwaiti police said to have closed the store after it was reported to government  
  • Images went viral on social media as memes mocked the cheeky shop owner 
  • Pictures of fruit, animals and celebrities with ‘googly eyes’ shared on Twitter

A shop in Kuwait has reportedly been shut down after its owners were caught sticking ‘googly eyes’ on fish in an attempt to make them appear fresher.

Kuwaiti police shut down the fish store on Saturday as its owners were sticking googly eyes on fish to make them appear fresher than they were, the Al Bayan newspaper reported. 

Images of one of the fish, which were uploaded to Twitter on Saturday, showed the creativeness of the store’s owners.

One of the pictures posted online showed the fake eye slipping off the fish’s face, clearly revealing a much more yellow eye underneath. 


One of the pictures posted online showed the fake eye slipping off the fish’s face, revealing a much more yellow eye underneath

A fish company in Kuwait jokingly announced it was selling ‘fish without cosmetics’, alongside a picture of a fish and a selection of different coloured contact lenses

Twitter users shared memes of other ‘googly eyed’ animals including a one-eyed cat that used the eyes as a ‘confidence boost’

The store in Kuwait was reportedly shut down after the owners were caught sticking fake eyes on fish to make them look fresher

The Kuwaiti Ministry of Commerce closed the fish shop after it put ‘fake lenses’ on fish to make them look fresher, the newspaper in Kuwait added.

Social media users quickly mocked the shop owner’s cheeky bid to get away with selling old fish with a series of hilarious memes that went viral.

To get in on the joke, a fish company in Kuwait announced it was selling ‘fish without cosmetics’, alongside a picture of a fish and a selection of different coloured contact lenses.

Matthew Dalby said on Twitter: ‘Never judge the freshness of fish by the googliness of their eyes.’

Some memes included celebrities playing cross-eyed characters, such as Steve Buscemi as Crazy Eyes in the Mr Deeds

A Twitter user shared a GIF of a man in the bath with ‘googly eyes’ adding, ‘me reading this’

Other Twitter users posted pictures of fruit with ‘googly eyes’ on to mock the Kuwaiti fish monger’s creative attempt to flog more stock

Pictures of the ‘googly eyed’ fish quickly went viral as memes of other examples spread on social media

Elodie Mainze wrote: ‘That is gross, and bad business practice, but I can’t help [but] laugh at the same time. Did they honestly think people wouldn’t notice?’

Endora added: ‘I’m a huge fan of Googly Eyes on fruits, vegetables, pics of Trump…but this story is just messed up.’

One Twitter user added: ‘The intersection of people who know enough about fish to look at their eyes to judge freshness and people who would be tricked by googly eyes can’t possibly be very large?’


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Another said: ‘I thought I’ve seen it all, but Twitter always proves me wrong’. 

The fish monger was advised by a social media: ‘Should have used a pritt stick if they wanted to get away with the trick.’

Some memes included images of actors such as Steve Buscemi looking cross-eyed and Ryan Gosling laughing, along with eyes stuck on pieces of fruit and animals. 

But other Twitter users praised the fish monger’s craftiness in trying to flog more of his stock with the creative presentation.

Vijay Arogyasami said: ‘Can’t knock the hustle.’

Memes of the Kuwaiti fish quickly spread on social media as many rushed to joke about the ‘googly eyed’ fish

A Twitter meme mocked the fish monger with ‘googly eyes’ on different containers in a fridge

Endora wrote on Twitter: ‘I’m a huge fan of Googly Eyes on fruits, vegetables, pics of Trump…but this story is just messed up’

Memes of cross-eyed celebrities were shared online in reply to the Al Bayan newspaper post on Saturday

Some memes included actors Steve Buscemi looking cross-eyed and Ryan Gosling laughing, along with eyes stuck on pieces of fruit and animals

An meme of a cat with one eye that was then given a googly eye stuck on its head for a ‘confidence boost’ was also shared on social media.

One Twitter user wrote alongside a series picture of a black cat wearing a ‘googly eye’: ‘My mates cat lost his eye in a fight a while back. So he gave him a false one to give his confidence a little boost.’

Another user wrote above a picture of the ‘googly eyed’ fish: ‘Me when I take off my eye mask after waking up for work and realize that I have to be alive and functioning in the world in less than an hour.’ 

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