Chinese restaurant apologizes for weighing customers

Hashtags about the restaurant have been viewed more than 300 million times on Weibo. Photo by Getty Images

Changsha, China — A Chinese restaurant apologizes to their customers for weighing them.

The beef restaurant in the city of Changsha apologized to their customers for encouraging to weigh themselves and then ordering food accordingly.

The restaurant had placed two large scales at its entrance this week. They then ask the diners to enter their measurements into an app that would then suggest menu items accordingly.

After a national campaign against food waste was launched the policy was introduced. Signs that read, “be thrifty and diligent, promote empty plates” and “operation empty plate” were pinned up in the menu.

This policy caused uproar on Chinese social media with the hashtag about the restaurant being viewed over 300 million times on the social platform Weibo.

The restaurant said that they were “deeply sorry” for their 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.

The champaign was ignited this week by the President Xi Jinping calling the levels of national food wastage “shocking and distressing”.

The Wuhan Catering Industry Association urged restaurants in the city to limit the number of dishes they serve to diners following Mr Xi’s message.

They implemented a system where groups have to order one dish fewer than the number of diners. Apart from these, the TV has also criticised livestreamers who filmed themselves eating large amounts of food.