Outrage has erupted online against the deceptive business practices of a seafood restaurant in Qingdao which surprised one diner with an exorbitant sum for a plate of prawn after he failed to read the fine print.
A Nanjing man surnamed Zhu was on holiday with his family. He ordered a dish of “ocean-caught large prawns,” clearly marked on the menu as costing 38 yuan. He was served a platter of 40 prawns stir-fried in garlic.
At the end of the meal, Zhu was shocked to see that the total for the meal came up to 2,700 yuan with the shrimp costing 1,520 yuan alone. Turns out that the figure is 38 yuan per prawn.
Zhu confronted the owner of Shande Live Seafood and Barbecued Home-Cooked Dishes, who helpfully pointed out a small line at the bottom of the menu which read “the seafood listed above is priced per item.”
According to NetEase, Zhu refused to pay the exorbitant sum, so the owner pulled out a stick and threatened to beat him if he didn’t pay up. The police were called in and somehow Zhu still ended up having to pay 2,000 yuan for his family’s seafood dinner.
The owner told local press that he had to charge such sky-high prices because his prawns were “freshly caught.”
“38 yuan large prawn” has become a trending topic on Weibo this week with netizens lambasting the money-grubbing restaurant owner and the ineffective local authorities.
“The next time I’m having a meal in Qingdao I’d better ask how much each grain of rice or each noodle costs, or else I might get beaten up!” said YanchixiaS.
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