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What would you do if you found a cockroach in your food while dining in a restaurant?

If you said “complain to the management” or “report the place to the department of sanitation”, you’d be wrong. Well, at least according to one waitress at a restaurant in Chengdu, China who told a customer that it was “normal” for creepy-crawlies to make it into restaurant food, and promptly swallowed the cockroach he had found to prove her point…

Businessman Zhang Yen was dining with his friend at the Shichuan Province restaurant earlier this week when he spotted a cockroach in his food. He immediately called the waitress over and showed it to her, demanding to know how she could serve up food containing bugs.

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Rather than apologising and whisking the plate away, however, the waitress flew into a rage, telling Zhang, “No matter which restaurant you go to, you’ll find things like cockroaches in the food. It’s normal!”

Unable to contain his anger and amazed at her barefaced insolence, Zhang told the waitress to eat the cockroach herself if it was the everyday ingredient she claimed it to be.

Which is exactly what she did.

▼ Yoink

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▼ Munch

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▼ That’s good eatin’

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▼ “I’ve eaten it, haven’t I!?”

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Speechless, Zhang threw up his hands and agreed to pay for his food. The waitress, it seemed, had won this round, and seemed satisfied with herself for having proved the customer wrong.

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According to reports, the owner of the restaurant later apologised to the disgruntled diner and assured him that she would reprimand the cockroach-munching waitress and that she, at least, did not consider cockroaches to be part of the menu. Unfortunately for her, though, footage of the incident had already made it onto the internet and had been picked up by numerous news agencies.

For those who have already eaten lunch and have strong enough stomachs, here’s the footage taken by Zhang’s friend during the incident and currently doing the rounds online. If you ask me, though, there’s something a little bit suspicious about the way the waitress pops the cockroach in her mouth. Did she really do it, or just fake it to prove a point?

▼ What she did may be gross, but you have to admit this woman’s got guts.

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▼ Cool as a cucumber

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▼ The restaurant owner later admitted that her waitress ought to have apologised.

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 Reference: 鳳凰視頻 (Chinese)
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