MANILA– An influencer duo has been slammed by members of the neighborhood restaurant neighborhood over their viral TikTok trick.
Chuck Aquino and Joe Abad, called Chuck and Joe, recently published a video of them consistently asking for extra servings of togarashi at a Japanese restaurant.
It turns out they were hoarding the Japanese flavor blend. One of them obtained a jar and filled it with togarashi, positioned it in his bag, and went out of the dining establishment.
Screengrab from TikTok
In a statement released on Tuesday, Dining Establishment Owners of the Philippines (Resto PH) said it is “deeply concerned and saddened” regarding Chuck and Joe’s TikTok video clip which reached 2.5 million consider as of Tuesday.
The team expressed worry that others, specifically the young people, may replicate the trick and add to the many regional restaurants’ battles given the pandemic.
” The limitations of the quarantine have currently triggered many dining establishments to close, as well as a lot more are struggling to survive. Destructive video clips set an adverse example as well as will have a negative result on the thousands of individuals who rely on the F&B sector for their safety,” Resto PH said.
” We, the participants of Resto PH, appreciate influencers’ payments, yet the quest for ‘sights’ and also ‘hits’ should be stabilized with integrity,” the group worried.
” Might we likewise advise various other social media sites characters to prevent producing web content that clearly disrespects a sector and its workers. We are hopeful of the public’s assistance, as these sort of acts should not be emulated for virality as well as ‘funny.'”.
Resto PH took place to advise Chuck and Joe that what they did was “a kind of burglary.”.
” While the influencers have posted an effort at an apology, it was disappointing, as their video is still up on TikTok. We desire it to be made clear that we consider what they did as a form of burglary; as well as once advertised on social networks, theft no more comes to be petty. Restaurant losses are not casual matters to be used for a ‘social experiment,'” it claimed.
Quickly after the launch of Resto PH’s declaration, the viral prank has been “readied to personal” on TikTok by Chuck and Joe.
The influencer duo has yet to reply to the restaurant team openly.