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Beijing restaurant hires teenage girls to walk crabs down the street in promotional stunt

The Pirate King hired the girls to draw attention to its seafood menu.
By Evan Bleier Follow @itishowitis Contact the Author   |   July 29, 2014 at 9:39 AM

BEIJING, July 29 (UPI) -- A restaurant in Beijing has hired teenage girls to walk crabs down the street as part of a promotional stunt to draw attention to its seafood menu.

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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