Restaurant in China apologises for weighing customers

A restaurant in China apologised for encouraging diners to weigh themselves and then order food accordingly.

The policy was introduced after President Xi Jinping announced a national campaign against food wastage amid the coronavirus pandemic and historic flooding.

The restaurant in the city of Changsha placed two large scales at its entrance this week.

It then asked diners to enter their measurements into an app that would then suggest menu items accordingly.

Signs reading “be thrifty and diligent, promote empty plates” and “operation empty plate” were pinned up.

After an uproar on Chinese social media 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.

President Xi Jinping ignited the campaign this week, calling the levels of national food wastage “shocking and distressing”.

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