Free salmon to anyone named Salmon creates ruckus in Taiwan
How far would you go for free food? Well, there are a few people who are ready to change their names to get a dish of free salmon… actually there are almost 200 of them! The rush to change the names was so much that the government authorities had to issue a statement urging people not to do so.
A sushi restaurant chain in Taiwan had announced that any customer whose ID card contained “gui yu” – the Chinese characters for salmon – would be entitled to an all-you-can-eat sushi meal along with five friends. The two-day promotional offer left the Taiwanese authorities in a tizzy as almost 200 people changed their names to Salmon.
Taiwan allows people to officially change their name up to three times. A few salmon-themed names reported in local media included “Salmon Prince”, “Meteor Salmon King” and “Salmon Fried Rice”.
The United Daily News reported that one resident decided to add a record 36 new characters to his name, most of them seafood themed, including the characters for “abalone”, “crab” and “lobster”.
Did you know?
After living for many years at sea, salmon travel a long distance home to return to the river in which they were born to spawn.