Rat in a hot pot wipes millions off Chinese restaurant chain's value

Shares plunge after pair forced to fish unwanted meat from their dinner

A couple dining at a well-known hot pot chain in eastern China have fished out what appeared to be a rat from their pot of stewed meat and vegetables.

Video footage of a diner holding the rat with a pair of chopsticks circulated on social media and a report of the incident appeared on 7 September. By Tuesday, shares in the restaurant’s parent company, Xiabuxiabu Catering Management, had fallen 12%.

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