Sickening discovery in meal costs restaurant chain millions

Elias Hubbard
September 14, 2018

The pregnant woman who had been out for hotpot with her family on 6 September, found the dead rat in her meal after she had already taken a few bites from the dish. This revelation caused the offer to be upped to 20,000 yuan so that the woman could get an abortion.

The restaurant initially offered the pregnant woman compensation of 5,000 Chinese Yuan (£558) but her husband, Mr Ma insisted she had a medical examination first, according to Kankan News.

When her husband alerted the staff, they allegedly offered the couple 20,000 yuan (S$4,000) to get an abortion if they were anxious about their baby's health, KanKan News reported.

The outlet in Shandong province has now been temporarily suspended, a BBC report said on Thursday.

Health officials investigated the restaurant, but found no traces of rats.

After video footage of the rat circulated social media, The Telegraph reported the chain restaurant shares dropped by 12 per cent losing £145 million (NZ$288m) in value. "I'm never going to eat hotpot outside again", said a Weibo user. In all, the discovery of the rat had knocked about $190 million off the market value of the business, which is publicly traded in Hong Kong. However, inspectors did find some of the restaurant's suppliers did not have the proper qualifications.

"Xiabu Xiabu has always been one of my favourite restaurants, I thought they were quite clean as well. Is a life worth only 20,000 yuan?" one asked.

Xiabu Xiabu had released a statement which declared that it was "impossible" that a lack of hygiene at the restaurant was to blame for the rat's appearance, but that statement was deleted a short time later. Over the years, rats falling from the ceiling and climbing up customers trousers at hot pot restaurants around China appear to have done little to diminish Chinese diners' appetite for the simmering soup.

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