Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

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

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

A pregnant woman in China's Shandong province was shocked when she fished out a dead rodent from her hotpot. This revelation caused the offer to be upped to 20,000 yuan so that the woman could get an abortion.

A video of a small, dead rat - boiled, gelatinous and with its stunned arms outstretched - fished out of a Value-Added Tax of bubbling broth has shocked China, and sent shares of a popular restaurant chain plummeting.

"If you are anxious about the baby, then we'll give you 20,000 yuan ($3,000) to abort it", Ma says the staff told him, South China Morning Post reports.

The restaurant initially offered the pregnant woman compensation of 5,000 Chinese Yuan (£558) but her husband, Mr Ma insisted she had a medical examination first, according to Kankan News.

Photos of the boiled rat quickly spread on Chinese social media site Weibo, where users reacted with anger and disgust.

For one Chinese restaurant chain, however, an item found by a customer at one of its outlets has proved to be particularly costly: a rat.

"I feel like vomiting. I'm never going to eat hotpot outside again".

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A rat was discovered in a hotpot restaurant in eastern China.

Another user asked: "If something happens to her baby, how are they going to compensate her?"

Diners were eating hot pot, raw meat and vegetables cooked in boiling soup at the table, when they found an unexpected ingredient - a boiled rat.

Xiabu Xiabu had released a statement which declared that it was "impossible" that a lack of hygiene at the restaurant was to blame for the rat's appearance, but that statement was deleted a short time later.

Xiabu Xiabu said in a statement on Sept 8 that it had "always placed great emphasis on food security and would make any necessary improvements".

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