Taiwanese diners who legally changed their names to ‘Salmon’ to get free sushi discover they can’t undo it
- Some of the 331 people who legally changed their names for a two-day promotion that gave free sushi are are now unable to reverse the changes.
- The restaurant chain Sushiro ran the promotion in March 2021, resulting in hundreds of Taiwanese people paying a fee to legally change their names to “Salmon.”
- Legislators in Taiwan's national parliament have proposed changing the name ordinance to allow people stuck with the name change to reclaim their birth names.
- Taiwan’s government criticized the promotion at the time, complaining that it would create unnecessary paperwork.
Some Taiwanese people who legally changed their names to “Salmon” in exchange for free sushi are now stuck with the name one year later.
Sushiro, a conveyor belt sushi chain restaurant, ran a two-day promotion in March 2021 where individuals with the Chinese characters for salmon, “gui yu,” would receive free all-you-can-eat sushi. The promotion, later called the “salmon chaos,” had 331 participants who paid a fee to legally change their names to those such as “Salmon Dream” and “Dancing Salmon.”
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