Chinese restaurant ‘deeply sorry’ for weighing customers

A restaurant in China has apologized after weighing diners in an effort to prevent food waste.

The restaurant in central Changsha asked customers to stand on scales and scan their data in an app that recommended food choices based on their weight, Agence France Presse reported.

Signs were placed on the food that read, “be frugal and eager, promote empty plates” and “low plate operation” – references to a nationwide campaign to spoil food.

President Xi Jinping urged people last week not to throw away too much food, as there has been a shortage of some products over the past month due to the corandavirus pandemic and flooding.

But the restaurant has faced backlash on social media for its attempts to contribute to the nationwide campaign, prompting Saturday to post video saying it was “deeply sorry,” AFP reported.

“Our original intentions were to advocate for stopping waste and ordering food in a healthy way. We never forced customers to venture out, ”said the restaurant.