positive press for managing to pull of an act of goodwill that actually worked. While many scenic spots were charging tourists 10 yuan for a bottle of water, it offered lunch for just 1 yuan, even utilizing the honor system.ver the Golden Week holiday, a tourist site in Luoyang, Henan province has been getting some
Those who wanted to eat lunch at the Laojun Mountain National Geological Park were asked to throw a kuai into a transparent donation box. There was no cashier on duty, just a note telling tourists: “Pay yourself, make your own change.”
Customers were then treated to a hearty meal of soup noodles, a steamed bun, and a sausage.
At the end of the feast on the first day of the holiday, organizers found that they had sold 1,200 meals and received 1,275 yuan in small change. The following three days, more customers and money rolled in with a bit more of the latter than the former. In total, they welcomed 10,223 customers and received 10,806 yuan for a difference of 583 yuan.
Heartwarming as this may be, we would warn that relying on people’s goodwill typically isn’t ultimately very sustainable in the long run, particularly when dealing with amounts greater than one kuai. A few years ago, one hopeful restaurant owner in the Guizhou capital of Guiyang launched a promotion where diners could order however many dishes that they liked and then simply pay whatever they wanted when the bill came.
After just one week, the restaurant had lost 100,000 yuan.