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Restaurant fines customers who don’t finish their meals

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This could be a first in restaurantdom, a restaurant in Japan that fines customers who don’t clean their plates.

If you’re thinking this is the sort of promotion where you are served an obscene amount of food — say, a 72-ounce steak along with instructions that you must scarf down in its entirety — think again. This is no food challenge where the item is free if you finish it in some prearranged fixed period of time.

Hachikyo, a seafood house in Sapporo, charges patrons extra if they fail to polish off every last morsel of their signature dish, tsukko meshi. Place an order and you are brought a bowl of rice topped with an copious helping of salmon roe. The dish also comes with a warning:

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