Fight Breaks Out In Restaurant Over Sneaky Shrimp Pricing

Police were called to settle an altercation at a restaurant in Qingdao, China, this week when a fight broke out between a restaurant owner and a customer who said the restaurant was trying to scam him with a sneaky and unethical shrimp-pricing system.

According to Shanghaiist, the customer and his family went to the Shande Live Seafood and Barbecued Home-Cooked Dishes restaurant for dinner. The father ordered a menu item that was described as "ocean-caught large prawns" and clearly priced at 38 yuan, or $5.98. After he placed his order, the restaurant brought him a platter of 40 prawns stir-fried in garlic.

At the end of the meal, however, the customer was shocked to see that the restaurant was charging him 2,700 yuan, or $425. It turns out the restaurant was charging 38 yuan per prawn.

The customer was furious, especially when the restaurant owner pointed out a tiny line at the bottom of the menu that said "the seafood listed above is priced per item."

When the customer refused to pay, the owner allegedly threatened to beat him until he paid up. At that point the police arrived and actually forced the customer to pay the bill, though he reportedly only had to pay 2,000 yuan, or $314.