A hot pot restaurant in China shut down just two weeks into a month-long $19 all-you-can-eat deal. Customers helped themselves to so much during the promotion that the shuttered restaurant is now almost $80,000 in debt.
Jiamener, which is located in the Chinese city of Chengdu, opened back in December and started the promotion in June, according to a report by the Chengdu Economic Daily. The idea was that customers would pay a 120 yuan fee for a membership card that would get them unlimited food for the month.
People quickly started gaming this system, however, and passed the card to family, friends, and possibly even their pets considering the amount of damage they did. This meant the cost of purchase for the card and the amount the business was making was totally offset.