The streamer, who goes by the name of Mr. Kang, shared his side of the story in an interview with Hunan TV in China, and the video has since gone super viral with over 250 million views on Weibo.
Mr Kang accuses the Handadi Seafood BBQ Buffet in Changsha of discriminating against people with large appetites, according to a BBC News translation.
“I can eat a lot,” he told the TV station. “Is it a fault? “
The restaurant owner said he had no choice but to ban Mr. Kang because of the amount of food he was eating.
“Every time he comes here, I lose a few hundred yuan,” he said. Three hundred yuan is worth around C $ 60.
Mr. Kang says he has been to restaurants several times in the past and put several kilograms of food away each time.
He says he ate 1.5 kilograms (3.3 pounds) of pig’s trotters on his first visit and almost 4 kilograms (8.8 pounds) of shrimp on another occasion.
The restaurant owner also shared his own horror stories about Kang’s appetite.
“When he drinks soy milk, he can drink 20 or 30 bottles,” he said. “When he eats pig’s trotters, he consumes the whole platter. And for shrimp, usually people use tongs to pick them up, [but] he uses a tray to take them all. “
The dispute sparked protests on Chinese social media, where many debated the meaning of “all you can eat.”
Others have spoken out against streamers sharing their buffets online – a niche that has recently become a target for the ruling Chinese Communist Party.
Chinese President Xi Jinping announced that he was cracking down on food streamers last year over food shortages in other parts of the country.
“Cultivate thrifty habits and foster a social environment where waste is shameful and the economy is applauded,” Xi said last year, according to The New York Times.
You can argue that there is nothing more thrifty than refueling at the buffet, but that argument won’t get Mr. Kang back on the doorstep of the Handadi Seafood BBQ Buffet.
The restaurant reportedly banned all food streamers from its all-you-can-eat menu.
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