In an effort to tackle unnecessary food waste, the Monopol Luzern hotel in Switzerland issued a notice to its guests displaying shocking images of starving children in Africa alongside these messages, printed in both English and Chinese:

'Good morning. For ethical reasons, we do not dispose of any food pieces. Please just take what you eat. Thank you for your understanding.'

‘The child dies of malnutrition. In Switzerland, people are wasting food by throwing it away. This is unacceptable.’

A hotel representative described their frustration at the amount of food being wasted by guests at the breakfast buffet. They denied that they were targeting Chinese guests, and simply used the two most widely spoken languages amongst all of their residents.

The hotel manager has reported that, since the notices have been displayed, food waste has dramatically reduced.
 

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