Foreigners are being taken to task at a Swiss hotel who wants guests to stop wasting food.
The 4-star Hotel Monopol in Luzern, Switzerland recently began placing food-shaming images throughout its restaurant as a means of chastising guests for wasting food. The signs included photos of emaciated children below this message:
The malnourished children die… and in Switzerland people waste food and throw it away. This is in Switzerland ethically and morally unacceptable.
Amid the pictures, the Monopol included a brief note to its guests in both English and Chinese. The same note was included on signs placed at each table. “Good morning dear guests. For ethical and moral reason, in Switzerland we do not throw away any food,” the hotel wrote. “Please put on your plate only what you do eat. Thank you for your understanding.”
The signs sparked a media frenzy, with some outlets suggesting the messages is aimed specifically at Chinese travelers. The Monopol, however, says its controversial message is targeted toward at all foreign guests.
“We can expect that the foreign guests to a certain extent to respect our customs, we do so in foreign countries” Brigitte Heller, general manager at the hotel, told Swiss newspaper Blick. But according to local media, only a few months earlier, Heller allegedly mentioned the signs were placed after Chinese guests took an excessive amount of food from the buffet and left most of it on their plates.
Heller claims that many of the hotel’s guests approve of the signs, and since they went up, food waste at Monopol has decreased.
[Photos: Shanghaiist; Hotel Monopol]