The local restaurant community expressed disappointment and outrage more than TikTok duo Chuck Aquino and Joe Abad — aka Chuck & Joe — following they posted an “irresponsible” movie that showed them filling up a tiny bottle with more servings of togarashi powder they experienced requested from the wait employees of an unnamed Japanese cafe.
On Tuesday, RestoPH, an association that supports Philippine restaurants and their workers, produced a statement addressing the stated video, saying the duo’s “intention to deceive was crystal crystal clear.”
“We are deeply involved and saddened by the irresponsible Tiktok movie posted by the influencers regarded as Chuck and Joe,” the statement started.
“They asked for additional servings of Togarashi powder, which they stuffed up jars with, hid in a bag, and surreptitiously introduced out with these guidance: ‘do not make eye contact’ and ‘no just one will at any time know’,” RestoPH wrote.
For the group of restauranteurs, the act was clearly a “form of theft and the moment promoted on social media, theft no more time will become petty.”
“Cafe losses are not everyday issues to be utilised for a ‘Social Experiment’,” it extra.
In accordance to RestoPH, the online video “may possibly really encourage other individuals” to do the exact, particularly the youth which populates the platform.
“Malicious films established a negative instance and will have an adverse effect on the 1000’s of folks who count on the F&B field for their safety,” it added, pointing to the present struggles of dining establishments to endure amid the pandemic.
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More than the weekend, Chuck & Joe launched another movie of them selves, this time to tackle the concern and to say sorry.
“Gusto lang po naming linawin na hindi po namin kayo ine-encourage na magnakaw, kung hindi ine-persuade po namin kayo na ‘wag magtapon at ‘wag magsayang,” they began.
According to the duo, what they did was not theft, “dahil wala naman kaming inuwi na hindi binigay sa amin.”
The two, presumably recurrent diners of the cafe, discussed that every single time they would dine there, the team would give them togarashi spice, considering that “hindi na po puwede kumuha ng condiments duon sa condiments segment, thanks to safety protocols.”
But they typically really don’t get to end the togarashi spice presented to them. Sayang naman, they claimed.
When they took the video, they knew that (1) they will be once again served with togarashi spice and (2) that they will not likely be able to end all of it. So which is why they brought a container: So they can consider the leftovers house.
“Alam po naming se-servan po nila ulit kami, at hindi po namin uli mauubos, so nagdala po talaga kami ng lalagyan, kasi ayaw namin siyang masayang. Puwede naman po talagang i-takeout ‘yun,” he explained.
“But it wouldn’t be as amusing as kung ipapa-takeout namin siya galing ‘yung kanilang lalagyan. That was component of the humor na hindi na-receives ng iba.”
The togarashi spice was currently on their desk, they stated. It wouldn’t be served to an additional consumer. “Itatapon lang nila ulit yun, so inuwi na lang namin kesya masayang.”
In spite of outlining their side, the duo apologized “kung di po naging malinaw ‘yung humor po ng online video namin, na naging dahilan po upang masaktan at ma-offend po ‘yung iba,” he mentioned.
“We are very sorry. Hindi po yun ang intention namin. ‘Yun lamang po at salamat po sa pakikinig,” they ended their assertion.
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Though RestoPH acknowledged the influencers’ “endeavor at an apology, it was disappointing, as their movie is even now up on Tiktok,” it said.
As of this crafting, the controversial movie can not be accessed on the duo’s TikTok account. — LA, GMA News