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Dance or disturbance? Haidilao's 'Subject Three' sparks debate over dining dynamics

By Quan Zhanfu | | Updated: 2023-11-30 21:47
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A dance called "Subject Three" performed by waiters at the hot pot chain Haidilao in Shandong province has become an internet sensation.

The dance, originating from a wedding in Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, gained popularity after guests showcased their moves. Jokingly associated with Guangxi residents having to pass three life subjects — singing folk songs, eating rice noodles, and dancing — the dance found its way to a Haidilao store in Qingzhou, Shandong province. A waiter known as Xiao Pang introduced the dance, sparking a trend among Haidilao waitstaff to perform "Subject Three" upon customer request.

Xiao Pang, the trailblazer of the trend, received a reward of 3,000 yuan ($420) after attracting attention and customers to the hot pot chain, according to local media reports.

Xiao Pang revealed that 70 to 80 percent of their customers have been requesting the dance recently, showcasing its immense popularity.

In Wuhan, Hubei province, customers can now request the dance by simply saying "I want subject three" at Haidilao.

However, the widespread adoption of the "Subject Three" dance has ignited debates on Sina Weibo. While many find it entertaining and enjoy the interactive experience, some express discomfort, especially when dining. Critics argue that the dance can be awkward and intrusive, disrupting the dining atmosphere.

Amid the fervor, concerns about potential health risks have also surfaced. In Huzhou, Zhejiang province, a young man was hospitalized due to knee pain after trying the dance. Medical experts have warned that the energetic and lively moves in the dance put pressure on the knee and ankle joints, and improper movement could lead to ligament injuries or even fractures.

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