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Time for some global news. The UK and Europe struggle to come to a clean divorce over BREXIT. America and North Korea are exchanging forceful words when it comes to ICBMs (inter continental ballistic missiles). A coalition of armed forces continue to fight ISIS and Syria is still in the midst of a terrible civil war. Meanwhile in China… A restaurant has come under fire for offering discounts depending on breast size. No, the title was not click-bait. This is real. It really happened.
According to the Qianjiany Evening Post, a restaurant in a shopping centre in Hangzhou (the main city in the coastal Zhejiany Province) has been offering discounts to women depending on the size of their bra. The Qianjiany Evening Post has reported that local people have complained to the council after seeing posters for the discount. The advert shows a line of cartoon women standing in their underwear with the slogan, “The whole city is looking for BREASTS”. It goes on to list the sliding scale of discounts that get higher the bigger the bust.
According to the advert, The Trendy Shrimp (the restaurant in question), was offering a 5% discount for those with an A-cup whilst those women with G-cup breasts would receive a 65% discount.
Some of the complaints coming into the council have called the advert ‘vulgar advertising’ and have said that it is ‘discriminatory towards women’. The posters, which first appeared on the 1st of August have since been removed. But… the general manager of Trendy Shrimp, Lan Shenggang, has defended their sales strategy. He is quoted to have said, “Once the promotion started, customer numbers rose by about 20%, some of the girls we met were very proud – they had nothing to hide”.
This case is not the first time a restaurant in China has offered discounts that were related to appearance. In January 2015, a restaurant in Henan gave discount to diners it deemed were ‘good looking’ whilst only a month later, a restaurant in Chongqing offered discount to thin women and overweight men. Sticking in Asia, Japanese eateries have offered discounts as well. Earlier this year, the Osaka Hilton ran “The High Heels Ladies’ Night Discount”. As part of this discount, women were given discounts based on the size of their heels.
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