Man Finds Hair in Food, Sentenced to 10 Months In Prison

Man Finds Hair in Food, Sentenced to 10 Months In Prison
Jan 17, 2014 By

I think we’ve all been there, a rogue hair, free of the constraints of the tedious life it lived on the chef’s head, makes its way into your bowl of noodles. Most just take it out and try not to think about it again so we can at least finish eating the dish in front of us. Some might complain to the companies, few might complain to a waiter and then there is this man…

In the summer of 2012, Mr. Zhao went for lunch with three friend’s at their local restaurant in Ningbo. After their food arrived, Mr. Zhao called the owner over and told him there was a hair in his food. Mr. Zhao was so unhappy he asked the owner for 8,000 RMB in compensation and threatened to break everything in the restaurant if he didn’t get it. Seriously, how big was this hair! In the end the owner paid him 5,500 RMB and Zhao was on his way.

The owner immediately called the police who began an investigation into the matter. On January 15 the local court convicted Mr. Zhao of extortion and threatening violence and sentenced him to 10 months in prison.

So next time you find a hair in your noodles, either take it out and keep eating or quietly leave the building…or third option, just think of it as black squid spaghetti and carry on.  


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I don’t like the tone of this article which seems to defend the guy who commited a crime. What’s this title which evocate that the poor idiot went in jail for finding a hairs in his food? And from that stupid conclusion it seems there is no alternative between shutting your mouth up and extortion in such a situation... Probably some 2nd degree humour i didn't get.

Jan 20, 2014 17:47 Report Abuse



silly article, it's just about someone being arrested for being a criminal. I guess the distortion is just an attempt to keep things light-hearted, the author can't possibly think that way.

Jan 20, 2014 00:16 Report Abuse



I guess exchanging his food for another serving would not suffice.

Jan 18, 2014 19:12 Report Abuse



Your conclusion is incorrect. If you find a hair or other problem significant to a reasonable person, you should complain. Mr. Zhao's crime was threatening to cause damage if his demands weren't met. On the facts you've cited, a conviction was proper. If Mr. Zhao had simply stated that he would write reviews about his experience, he might have been within the bounds of Chinese law. He wouldn't have gotten a windfall, but might have been comped or given a discount, which would be more reasonable. The conclusion should be that if there's a problem, complain and request reasonable compensation. Don't be a greedy jerk, and don't threaten to commit criminal acts.

Jan 18, 2014 01:13 Report Abuse



Agree. Mr. Zhao was jailed for extortion, not bringing the foreign object in his food to the owner's attention.

Jan 18, 2014 14:01 Report Abuse



the articles on this website is most always written in skewed and distorted fashion. all for pageviews...

Jan 19, 2014 19:53 Report Abuse