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A Chinese restaurant has taken to a novel new way of trying to remind customers to watch their health.
Not that it's really any of their business, but the owner of an eatery in East China is asking patrons to try to squeeze through different sizes of gaps between bars and offering discounts for those who get through the narrowest spaces.
Zhao Long, who is the owner of this establishment, claims that he is trying to find a fun way to remind people to watch their diet.
His restaurant in Jinan City offers customers free food and free beer, provided they can fit through a 15cm gap.
Now, 15cm wide is surely way too skinny, right? However, most people would have a go if they thought it meant free food and beer for everyone, and it does.
It's not clear whether you have to leave through the same gap that you entered through. That would really be torture.
Mr Zhao means well, he wants to present a new way of making people mindful of the amount they eat and drink. He said: "So many people have told me that they've failed losing weight - just because they can't quit drinking beer,
"Maybe this could serve as a reminder to them to keep an eye on their diet."
So, here's the scoring system. If you get through the smallest gap, you get free food and your entire table gets free beer.
The next step up is an 18cm gap. If you get through that you win 5 beers - which is not to be sniffed at.
The third increment is 25cm and you get a free beer (still good) if you get through there. After that it goes up to 30cm. At 30cm you get no discount, but are told 'your figure is just average - you shouldn't ask for more'.
What if you can't fit through that? Well, there is another that comes with a less inspiring message. It says: "Are you sure you should be drinking beer?"
Mr Zhao says that at least one person gets through the smallest gap each day. He also hastened to add that all of the are female. The plot thickens.
He also said that significantly more people get through the next step up. It's done well for business though; Mr Zhao says that people queue up to take on the 'metal gate challenge'.
He's not the only one with an odd marketing tool for his business in the city, either. One restaurant nearby had the idea of offering discounts to women in short skirts - 90% off their bill if the skirt was 33cm above the knee.
It's not clear whether the offer is exclusively for women.
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