A restaurant in Changsha, Hunan Province, has found a way to lock in a certain segment of customers while alienating another: Its employees, specifically waitresses, wear bikinis.
A local woman went to eat at a seafood cafeteria in the city on Saturday, only to storm out of the restaurant before finishing her meal.
"It is immoral and offends public decency," she said.
Of course, other customers are pleased as punch. "I think it is creative and interesting. We can enjoy both the fancy food and hot beauties," a male diner and ogler said.
Thanks to another policy, he has more to look at than just the waitresses. Customers in bikinis eat for free. Several young women who attend a nearby college weren't shy about getting a free lunch. "It is innovative. Wearing a bikini is normal to us, since we all major in dancing," said one of the students.
Yuan Xinyu, who runs the restaurant, said the bikinis are a marketing method to attract more customers. "We hope that the beach and seaside décor, along with the bikinis, will make guests feel like they are eating on the beach."
A bikini-clad waitress surnamed Chen said that 20 out of 50 waitresses had quit because they refused to wear bikinis during work and that those who stayed were not really willing to do so either, but relented after the boss's efforts at persuasion. "We've told our boss that we want sunglasses so that people will not recognize us," she said.
Changsha Evening News