Family Orders 600 Plates & Sneaks Food Into Plastic Bags At All-You-Can-Eat Hot Pot Place
A family of five was allegedly caught on closed-circuit television (CCTV) secretly packing up food into plastic bags at a hot pot restaurant offering an all-you-can-eat promotion in Bintulu, Sarawak
The incident was brought to light by the hot pot restaurant owner, who took to Facebook to vent that the family of three adults and two children had the audacity to order 600 plates of food to sneak some away.
"I'm sorry, I still wanted to make this matter public. I really cannot accept that their children were also brought to steal," he wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday, 10 October.
According to him, the incident occurred at 2.30pm on Sunday, 8 October.
The restaurant owner shared a photo of the family's receipt, purportedly showing that they had ordered 250 plates of pork and 350 plates of lamb during the 'Happy Hour' all-you-can-eat promotion at his restaurant, Husky Billion Steamboat & BBQ.
The family's total bill came up to a total of RM163.30, at RM39.42 per adult and RM26.82 per child, with a 5% member discount
The restaurant owner, surnamed Zhang, told China Press that he and his employees were initially sceptical when the family placed the order for such a large number of plates. Despite his doubts, he fulfilled the order because he thought they were "big eaters".
He only discovered the stealing when he reviewed the restaurant's CCTV recordings later.
"The main point is that they were prepared to do this, because I watched on the CCTV as the children sneakily stuffed meat into plastic bags under the table. Did they want to bring the food back to cook?" he questioned.
In his Facebook post, Zhang expressed he was mostly disappointed that the customers would resort to such measures and teach their children to steal
"You must know that Bintulu is a small place, you know me and I know you," he wrote.
"It's already hard to do business, why do you have to make things even more difficult for me?
"Everyone is going through a hard time right now, and so, I tried my best to make an economical meal for people to eat until they are full without taking too much money from their own pockets!" he lamented.
He hoped that by sharing the incident on Facebook, other parents would set a better example for their children.
Even though the person involved has come forward and offered to compensate him for the issue, Zhang told China Press that he is still considering whether to report the incident to the police.