Restaurant apologises for weighing customers before adjusting portion sizes

A restaurant in China has sparked outraged when it asked diners to weigh themselves before adjusting their portion sizes accordingly.

It came as a nationwide policy was launched to campaign against food waste by finishing your plate in light of the pandemic.

President Xi Jinping called food wastage “shameful” at the same time as China State TV fired a warning to stamp out an internet trend for super eaters filming themselves scoffing as much as possible on camera.

Last Tuesday Xi said in a speech published by state media the amount of food wasted in China was "shocking" and urged the country to maintain a sense of crisis about food security.

He also prodded local governments to launch related campaigns and restaurants to raise penalties on buffet wastage.

In Wuhan, the catering industry association urged restaurants in the city to limit the number of dishes served to diners to one fewer than the number present.

But one the beef restaurant in the city of Changsha seemed to take the instructions too far when it placed two large scales at its entrance.

Staff then reportedly asked diners to add their measurements into an app which would then suggest menu items.

Signs read "be thrifty and diligent, promote empty plates" and "operation empty plate" but the messaging soon backfired.

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BBC reports there was uproar on Chinese social media, with hashtags about the restaurant being viewed more than 300 million times on the social platform Weibo.

In response 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.

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