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Apology for hotpot can of worms

A hotpot chain has offered compensation and an apology after accusing a group of eSports players of blackmail when they spotted live worms in seasoning at one of its restaurants.

Zhang Ning complained that he and his fellow players noticed worms that looked like maggots while eating at the MixC mall outlet of Fat Panda, a Sichuan-style hotpot chain.

He uploaded a video online on July 24, demanding three times the bill in compensation, saying it was the second such incident in four days.

The restaurant called police after checking its surveillance cameras, claiming the diners were trying to blackmail it.

The Minhang District market watchdog did not spot any worms. However, the restaurant admitted fault on Wednesday, saying health experts had identified the worms as coming from pepper in the seasoning.

The restaurant has offered compensation of 14,700 yuan (US$2,100) and an apology.


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