A Chinese man found himself in hot water after he was caught slipping a dead rat into his soup, in a ploy to extort 5 million yuan (S$1 million) from hot pot restaurant chain Haidilao.
In a report by Shanghaiist, the man surnamed Guo, went to a Haidilao outlet in Beijing with his wife.
While he was eating, the man claimed to have found a cooked rat in the broth and called over a waiter to report his discovery.
The couple rejected meal coupons the restaurant offered for the inconvenience caused. Even when a worker offered the couple a 20,000 yuan (S$4,000) compensation, Guo was not satisfied.
Instead, he demanded the restaurant compensate him five million yuan.
Due to his excessive demands, the two parties could not come to an agreement and Guo escalated his complaint to the food and drug administration. According to Chinese media, the administration turned him away.