Student Orders ‘Cooked Sushi’ At Jiro Restaurant

A woman complained about bad service only to be vilified by the Internet

Jiro Dreams of Sushi
A 23-year-old student thought the Internet would appreciate her rant against Sukiyabashi Jiro's disrespectful attitude, but instead she was criticized for ordering "cooked sushi" and being rude to the staff.

Leaving a nasty online review after a bad restaurant experience might make a diner feel better, but it doesn’t always make them look very good. One customer found that out recently when she tried to gripe about Sukiyabashi Jiro, the three-Michelin star restaurant owned by Jiro Ono, and found herself roasted by some of the Internet’s nastiest commenters.

According to Rocket News 24, though, it really was all her fault. 23-year-old Chuhan Lin, a student from China, had a reservation for five at what is arguably the greatest sushi restaurant in the world. Her party started by showing up 40 minutes late and not apologizing. Then when the food showed up, they decided raw fish was gross. After tasting two pieces, they decided they wanted to ditch the famous sushi and go for some deep-fried pork cutlets from a nearby restaurant instead.

So Lin and her friends said they didn’t want the rest of their tasting menu, and asked the chef to instead prepare “cooked sushi” for them to take to go.

“Is sushi served cooked in your country?” the chef asked. “If you can’t handle raw food, you should have informed us when you made the reservation!”

“Who knew!?” Lin snapped back, because nobody could have predicted that Sukiyabashi Jiro would serve sushi, or that most sushi is topped with raw fish or seafood.

Like many angry diners around the world, Lin stormed off to vent her frustrations on the Internet, slamming Sukiyabashi Jiro for not being respectful enough to her.

“If we were Abe! If we were Obama! Would he dare to show such an attitude?” Lin complained.

But instead the Internet lashed back, wanting to know what she was doing with such an expensive and difficult to get reservation in the first place if she didn’t even know what sushi was. Some commenters on Weibo, a major Chinese microblogging site, called her a “national disgrace” for her bad behavior abroad.

Lin eventually wilted under the public shaming and took down her post, “because the whole world is scolding me.”

She did say that the Internet scolding taught her a lesson, though, and she said she went back to the restaurant later to apologize.  The restaurant was reportedly very nice about it, and told her to come back and visit again when she has acquired a taste for sushi.


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33 Comments

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i balme obamacare

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jiro .. why you cook sushi rice if you hate ppl ask for cooked sushi
jiro ..why you cook sushi rice if you hate ppl asking for cooked sushi

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What I wouldn't give to be in Japan and have a meal @ Jiro's restaurant. It's a cultural thing; not to know sushi is raw fish done to perfection. The rudeness is coming from ignorance of the culture. So sad.

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probably just a rich, spoilt and stupid girl

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She needs to get her a$$ kicked

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She's still young. There's plenty of hope for her, especially since she apologized, learnt, and grew through this experience. The hopeless are those who seem too disconnected to realize when they were in the wrong.

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...the part i liked most about the story was when she went back to apologize... let's all forgive, guys!!! most of us were even dumber at that age!

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You didn't realize that sushi contains raw fish when you were 23?

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I never lol-ed this much, this made my internet browsing today :D

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For all you chinese haters out there, generalizing chinese as ignorant and ill mannered, first of all, The CHINESE NETIZEN did blast her for her ignorance, on Weibo, which many of you outside china, would not realize is china alternative to twitter or google (I am not sure which, I don't live in china), meaning that mainly chinese blasted her for shaming chinese in general. Secondly, you may be right to call her ill mannered, but to generalize that to every other chinese is to put it bluntly, being extremely racist as you over generalize the action of one of 2 billion chinese world wide to the common characteristics of every chinese in the world. Its just like calling all blacks criminals just because there are many black criminals, or calling all whites evil capitalist just because some of them just are. You yourselves are ignorant for not knowing all these facts before giving racist comments. You yourselves are ill mannered just because your mama never taught you back stabbing are for low lifes.

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Too much money, too fast, no class. Chinese tourists are the new Americans.

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You're an asshole.

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i more annoyed with this site and its ridiculous amount of ad's, all I wanted to do was read the article. But nope, I get commercials on how to do laundry. Even to post a comment I have watch another commercial......fuck.

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Stupid Bitch Syndrome.

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Lack of manners yes but they are culture rich.

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No such thing is as "the best in the world" since that is subjective. Unless everyone in the world has gone there...which I doubt since it is difficult to get reservations.

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did you miss the word "arguably"? Because the restaurant is a 3-Michelin star restaurant. You know, the organization that sends their secret agent-like critics to restaurants all over the world?

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LoL only Chinese...............NOT !!!

<a href="http://www.japanprobe.com/2008/12/15/outrageously-rude-foreign-tourists-at-tsukiji-fish-market/" title="http://www.japanprobe.com/2008/12/15/outrageously-rude-foreign-tourists-at-tsukiji-fish-market/">http://www.japanprobe.com/2008/12/15/outrageously-rude-foreign-tourists-...</a>

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I guess the customer is not always right. I spent 13 years in retail - long before the Internet and I saw one too many times where consumers were the ones who were trying to take advantage of legitimate businesses by unjustly complaining about products and service. I hope she learned a lesson.

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Poor kids, they don't know what they are missing! Sushi is the best!!

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excuse me? not all Chinese are the same...

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Every race and culture, has stupid and rude, unmannered, uneducated people. Stop being racist against the Chinese only.

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>Chinese people are just like this, it's why they are hated world-wide for their lack of manners and culture.

And yet, it was also Chinese citizens who called her a national disgrace. Be careful not to let your biases turn you into a cyber disgrace as well.

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It's pathetic how people are generalising Chinese people to have no manners and respect for other cultures. As a race other than Chinese, it is not about your race that makes you as disrespectful and as arrogant as this girl in the article, anyone from any race, age, and sex can be as or even worse than this. You make yourselves look arrogant, thus, no better than the girl in the article.

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what would taizong think? hmmmm

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ignorance begets more ignorance, until you realize that you are in an ocean of it, and that it's too late to swim...

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"She did say that the Internet scolding taught her a lesson, though, and she said she went back to the restaurant later to apologize." what she did is very Brave and need to applause

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one term: nouveau-rich

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one word: two words.

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Read again: one "term"

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