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Rat in broth wipes a fortune from the value of the Chinese restaurant chain

Rat in broth wipes a fortune from the value of the Chinese restaurant chain

Hong Kong: At hotpot restaurants in China, most ingredients are relatively cheap. Customers dip pieces of raw meat and vegetables into a large container with simmering broth until everything boils and bubbles to the surface.

For one Chinese restaurant chain, however, it turned out that an article found by a customer at one of his stores is extremely expensive: a rat.

A video of a small, dead rat – boiled, gelatinous and with its stunning outstretched arms – fished out of a bowl of bubbling broth has shocked China and the shares of a popular restaurant chain have plummeted.

The rat was found last week in a branch of the chain, Xiabu Xiabu, in Weifang, a city in the eastern province of Shandong. A local newspaper reported the incident on Friday and video footage from the customer who removed the rat with chopsticks that circulated on Chinese social media throughout the weekend.

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