When a businessman complained about finding a cockroach in his stir-fried bittergourd dish, the restaurant’s waitress insisted it was “perfectly normal” to find a cockroach in a restaurant and ate it in front of him.

The incident was caught on camera by the man’s dining companion, reported The Daily Mail.

Businessman Zhang Yen, 43, was dining in a restaurant at Jinsha Era Plaza in Chengdu, China. He and his friend ordered two dishes, including stir-fried bittergourd (干遍苦瓜).

“We ate half the dish. At first, I thought it might be dried chilli,” Mr Zhang told Zhejiang Television (ZTV-7) reporters in Mandarin. When he looked closely, he realised that it was a cockroach, and called a waitress over.

However, the waitress Jin Kuo told him that he’ll find cockroaches in every restaurant, and that it was normal.

Mr Zhang was upset and told her in a fit of anger that she should eat the cockroach to settle the matter. To his shock, Ms Jin picked up the bug from his plate and popped it into her mouth.

When asked by a person off-camera why she did that, Ms Jin replied that Mr Zhang said the matter would be resolved if she ate the cockroach.

Mr Zhang was left speechless and agreed to pay for his meal.

During the commotion, the restaurant manager rushed over and assured Mr Zhang that she will have a meeting with her staff to explain how they should handle such situations, and that she will deduct Ms Jin’s pay.

The restaurant manager also explained that the cockroach may have fallen from the ceiling due to the heat when cooking.

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