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Hot Pot Restaurant Refusing to Serve Men
Published on: 2020-11-24
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A hot pot restaurant in southwestern China’s Sichuan province is facing backlash after refusing to serve two male guests because they were not accompanied by a woman, in violation of the restaurant’s policy aimed at creating a space for a predominantly female clientele.

A man surnamed Liu and his friend waited in line for an hour Saturday to eat at Goddess Dating, a newly opened hot pot restaurant in the provincial capital Chengdu, only to be refused service after their number was called. According to Liu, staff did not inform them that having a woman with them was a requirement for entry when they took a number to wait.

When the two men protested being turned away, restaurant staff called the police. The officers who arrived on the scene negotiated a creative compromise: The restaurant would proffer the services of a female employee to sit with the two men for the duration of their meal, so that they would be in compliance with the “no woman, no service” policy.

The story soon sparked heated discussion on Chinese social media, with many debating whether the restaurant was within its rights to enforce such a bizarre rule, and whether the policy discriminated against male customers. By Monday evening, a related hashtag on microblogging platform Weibo had been viewed over 11 million times.

”I went Saturday during lunchtime but didn’t see any similar issues. I feel that this kind of policy has the right to exist, but the store has a responsibility to make it clear to clients,” one customer said, adding that he hadn’t been aware of the restaurant’s gendered policy when he ate there.

The manager of Goddess Dating argued that, in order to survive in China’s intensely competitive food and beverage industry, every restaurant must find its own niche, and theirs just happens to be women.

歧视男性?成都一火锅店要求男士用餐必须有女伴

前段时间,成都的一家火锅店火了,之所以能火不是因为店里的火锅有多好吃,而是店内的奇葩规定让很多人无法接受,男士进店吃火锅必须要有女伴。虽然不知道这样的规定到底是有什么目的,但是在刘先生看来,这就是对单身男性的歧视。

据了解,事情发生在11月21日那天,刘先生和一位朋友在四川成都的一家火锅店里吃饭。因为当天人比较多,两人排队等了一个多小时以后才排到他们。后来刚要进店却被店员拦了下来,店家表示:男士用餐必须有女伴,否则不能进去用餐。

这样的奇葩规定让刘先生感觉到莫名其妙,于是坚决要进去,但是店家仍然阻拦,还让刘先生临时找个女生再进去吃。在刘先生看来这就是对他们单身男性的歧视,而且店家也没有提前告知,或者在门口立个提示牌提示一下,如果提前知道的话,当时自己也不会选择在他们家排队。 

后来双方就发生了争执,因为正值吃饭高峰期,刘先生一直坚持要进去吃饭,最终店家只能报警,称刘先生在店内闹事,希望警方过来处理一下。后来警方也赶到了现场,在了解完整个事件的过程之后,民警对双方进行了调解。最终店家同意刘先生和朋友进入店内吃饭,但是还喊了店里的一名女服务员陪同。

刘先生表示,当时饭桌上坐着一名陌生女子一同吃饭,场面一度尴尬到不行。对此,店长李女士表示,之所以有这样一个规定是为了尊重女性。

其实这样的做法已经违反了消费者权益保护法,不管男女大家都是平等的,不能用这样的规定将单身男性就拒之门外,显然女性是得到尊重了,但是单身男性却受到了排斥。

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