Daily US Times: Dozens of Taiwanese have changed their names to “salmon” in an attempt to take advantage of a restaurant’s sushi promotion deal.
The restaurant offered an all-you-can-eat sushi meal to anyone whose name is Gui Yu or “salmon”.
Local media said government officials urged people to stop visiting government offices to request the name change.
Unimpressed government officials said the rush was wasting government time.
The offer began on Tuesday when Akindo Sushiro, a sushi restaurant chain, said anyone with the Chinese characters in their name could get free food for themselves and five friends.
The Taipei Times reported that the announcement It led to dozens of people requesting a name change, adding that applicants pay around $3 for a new ID card and a registration certificate.
The newspaper reported that one student in Taichung said she had changed her name to “Kuo Salmon Rice Bowl” but planned to change it back the next day.
Other same-themed names included “Meteor Salmon King,” “Salmon Prince” and “Salmon Fried Rice”.
Two others managed to eat around $460 of sushi in one go and posted online: “I do not think we will want to eat salmon again for a while.”
But Chen Tsung-yen, Deputy Interior Minister of Taiwan, said that the name-changing was creating unnecessary paperwork and wasting time.
He said “I hope everyone can be more rational about it.”
Government officials also issued a reminder that names can only be changed legally three times.