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Pregnant woman finds rat in hotpot, allegedly offered $4,000 to abort child

14 September 2018, 02:49 | Erica Roy

The rat was found in hot pot broth. Source SCMPMore

The rat was found in hot pot broth at a Xiabu Xiabu restaurant in the city of Weifang. Source SCMP

After video footage of the dead rat in the woman's soup circulated on social media, the chain's shares dropped by 12%, losing £145m in value to reach its lowest level since October past year, before regaining value.

The restaurant allegedly later offered the couple 5,000 yuan ($728) in compensation for the incident - a price he was willing to negotiate after the hospital visit, he told the newspaper. This revelation caused the offer to be upped to 20,000 yuan so that the woman could get an abortion.

The husband also claims the staff said, "If you are anxious about the baby, then we'll give you 20,000 yuan (£2,200) to abort it", according to the South China Morning post.

The outlet in Shandong province has now been temporarily suspended.


Photos of the boiled rat quickly spread on Chinese social media site Weibo, where users reacted with anger and disgust. Its discovery received particular attention online because of the way that the restaurant's staff chose to deal with the situation. Some users said that they would never eat there ever again. "Is a life worth only 20,000 yuan?" one person said.

By the close of trading on Tuesday, shares in the chain's parent company, Xiabuxiabu Catering Management, had fallen almost 12.5 per cent, at one point dropping to their lowest in nearly a year. Xiabu Xiabu and one of its rivals, Haidilao, have reported surging sales and an expanding network of restaurants.

Hotpot is a common meal in China and across other parts of Asia.

Hotpot is a popular dish in China where people can add meat and vegetables to soup. In a statement published on Sunday on the Chinese messaging platform WeChat, the bureau said that while it found no traces of rats, the restaurant had committed violations related to stagnant water and buying food from unlicensed suppliers.



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