A Restaurant In China Apologizes For Weighing Customers

A restaurant in China has apologised for its controversial policy of asking diners to weigh themselves before entry in. Their action caused an uproar forcing the restaurant to apologize.

The beef restaurant in the central city of Changsha was heavily criticized on Chinese social media weibo as soon as it unveiled the policy on Friday (Aug 14).

In the new directive customers were asked to stand on scales and scan their data into an app that recommended food choices based on their weight and the dishes’ calorific value, according to a report by the state-run China News Service.

The move was following President Xi Jinping directive who urged the nation to stop wasting food, as the coronavirus pandemic and serious flooding last month have led to a rise in food prices.

In response, regional catering groups urged customers to order one dish fewer than the number of diners at a table – an attempt to overturn the ingrained cultural habit of ordering extra food for group meals

Chinese Restaurant weighing customers
A photo of a Chinese Restaurant Weighing Customers | Photo Courtesy

Signs were displayed in the beef restaurant reading ‘be thrifty and diligent, promote empty plates’ and ‘operation empty plate’ – referring to the nationwide campaign – according to photos published in local media.

The policy caused uproar on Chinese social media.

Hashtags about the restaurant have been viewed more than 350 million times on the social platform Weibo.

The restaurant said it was “deeply sorry” for its interpretation of the national “Clean Plate Campaign”.

“Our original intentions were to advocate stopping waste and ordering food in a healthy way. We never forced customers to weigh themselves,” it said in an apology posted online.

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Chinese state TV also criticised viral binge-eating videos, known as “mukbang”, while livestreaming platforms have promised to shut down accounts promoting excess eating and food wastage.


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