This photo was circulated on Weibo yesterday after five demonstrators knelt outside the Xintiandi restaurant South Beauty holding a sign reading “South Beauty lied to us.” South Beauty has since issued a statement claiming the demonstrators are tea suppliers angry over the restaurant’s refusal to renew their contract.
Surprisingly, the story made it into Shanghai Daily, who reported that the incident took place around 11:15am yesterday. They also amusingly refer to Xintiandi “an upmarket food court.”
South Beauty claims the supplier’s failed to live up to the safety standards of the restaurant, and insists they maintain the right, nay, the responsibility to provide quality food to its consumers. Here here.
But of course there is speculation over whether South Beauty is being honest, considering the suppliers’ contract was finished in December and they are only now raising a fuss.
You can see South Beauty’s full statement via their Weibo.