Skip to comments.Chinese Restaurant Operator Uses Opium To Get More Customers (No MSG)
Posted on 09/08/2020 3:19:40 PM PDT by nickcarraway
A Chinese Restaurant Operator is in big trouble after he laced his noodles with Opium drugs in an attempt to keep customers coming back.
Chinese Guangxi Province-based restaurant intended to get patrons addicted and increase the chances of them coming back for more.
The restaurateurs dirty trick was uncovered by mistake, after someone who ate at his local in Sanjiang Dong Autonomous County tested positive for morphine, the active component in opium, during a police inspection.
The shocked man insisted that he had not willingly taken drugs, and told investigators that the only thing he had ingested that he couldnt vouch for was a bowl of noodles at a local restaurant.
Thats how police ended up making a surprise visit to the noodle shop in question, where they took a packet of snail powder which tested positive for morphine.
After making the initial finding police handed the case over to the Sanjiang County Administration for Market Supervision, which subsequently visited the noodle restaurant again and discovered 76 grams of poppy seed powder. The owner of the establishment, a man surnamed Yang, was arrested and later admitted that he had been using the powder as a secret ingredient to get customers addicted and coming back for more.
Asked how he had come by the poppy seed powder, Yang told police that he had used the husks of poppies that he himself had planted several years before. The case is still under investigation.
Interestingly, the practice of lacing noodles with opium to get people addicted and increase business is not new in China. One of the first reported cases dates back to 2014, when a restaurant owner in Yanan, Shaanxi province, admitted to lacing his noodles with opium. He was exposed after a customer tested positive for morphine.
At the beginning of 2016, it was confirmed that the Yanan case was not an isolated one, as Chinese media outlets reported that three dozen other restaurants were investigated for lacing their food with addictive opium, of which some had already been prosecuted.
So, uh, where’s this restaurant?
Guangxi Province, China.
I’m wondering about that snail powder, myself...
The Chinese are a merchant race; this is just what they do. They added melamine to petfood (for export) and propylene glycol to baby formula (ditto) for the very same reason.
But it sounds like a brilliant marketing strategy - if there was none to be found in the kitchen. If he is making all this up its super good subliminal / suggestive advertising! Unless they hang him.
That would being in even more business?
So THAT’S why you crave more after 20 minutes.
if there’s no MSG it must be OK!
The problem is two hours later, they want more.
Awesome! Does he do take out? Pipes included?
“I guess they learned this from the British?”
British didn’t surreptitiously cause people to ingest it.
You make good observations.
If there’s not enough to taste and people don’t notice getting high there’s not enough to cause addiction.
I think these restaurateurs doping the food are just morons.
I wouldn’t be so sure. The British fought two wars for the ability to continue to be a drug cartel in China.
“I wouldnt be so sure. The British fought two wars for the ability to continue to be a drug cartel in China.”
Yes. But there was a market. They did not secretly dope people with it.
They off-loaded it in bulk at the docks.
The Chinese clientele took it from there.
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