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Japanese Restaurant Fines Guests Who Don’t Clean Their Plates

When we were young, our waste-averse parents would often refuse to let us have dessert unless we ate everything on our plates, thereby joining the “clean plate club”. Japanese seafood restaurant Hachikyo has gotten a lot of media attention this week by taking that concept to its logical conclusion and fining any diner who orders its famous salmon roe with rice and “leaves even a single bite of food.”

Why? Because the restaurant’s owner used to be a fisherman, and he demands that every guest respect his colleagues–the fine is effectively a donation to fishermen who work under life-threatening conditions to feed the public’s seafood addiction.

Something tells us this wouldn’t go over so well in the US, where diners have a unique sense of entitlement. And the inevitable follow-up question: what if we post images of every bite to our Instagram account? We have lots of followers! (No we don’t.)

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