The stunt was orchestrated by the same artist who came up with a project earlier this year that involved apparent cabbage-walking.
Crab activists have said that the Pirate King's advertising effort it cruel, but the restaurant is happy for all the attention the promotion has been drawing.
"It was a lot of fun, and now everybody knows our name, and I don't care about the few people that complained that the crabs were suffering," restaurant manager Peng Mai told Orange.
"What I can say is they didn't suffer long, because after they were brought back to the restaurant they had a quick wash, and then went straight in the cooking pot."
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