A new hotpot eatery in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province celebrated its opening yesterday by welcoming hundreds of street cleaners to eat at the restaurant for free over a three-day period.
The shop owner treated the street cleaners as a show of appreciation for all of the hard work and grueling hours they’ve put in. The restaurant, which can accommodate around 150 people, will be closed to customers from December 15-17 so that all the workers can join the steaming hot feast as the mercury hovers just above 0º outside.
The gesture follows a similar move by a restaurant owner in Chengdu who earlier this month treated over 180 street cleaners and sanitation workers to a free hotpot lunch. “Their jobs are really tough. We hope to bring warmth to them during the cold winter,” the owner, surnamed Li, said.
Sanitation workers endure some of the worst working conditions and longest working hours in China. In a report from last year’s sanitation worker strike in Guangzhou, SCMP reported that some sanitation workers were waking up at 3:00 in the morning and working up to nine hours per day for only 1,600 yuan a month.
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