A hotel restaurant’s gesture towards a diner, who was eating alone, has gone viral on social media.
Prakash Mallya, MD at Intel India, Sales and Marketing Group had stopped at one of the restaurants of the Trident hotel in Bandra Kurla complex, Mumbai, for a quick meal when the staff noticed he needed some company and placed a fishbowl on his table.
“So nice & thoughtful and something that’s never happened in all my travel thus far,” he wrote on Twitter along with a picture on August.
Land in Mumbai, walk into the hotel restaurant for a quick meal. The hotel staff come by to leave this on my table as company given I was eating alone. So nice & thoughtful and something that’s never happened in all my travel thus far😊! #CustomerExperience pic.twitter.com/YCsL5riQWK— Prakash Mallya (@PrakashMallya) August 7, 2019
The tweet has since gone viral with over 2,000 retweets and 12,000 likes.
While many netizens praised the hotel’s warm gestures, some expressed apprehensions over the safety of the goldfish.
Will do Sir, thank you for your suggestions!— Trident Bandra Kurla (@TridentBKC) August 8, 2019
So cute. I just hope the fish are well cared for. It would be nice if they lived in a large tank that they are just scooped from and bowled when someone is eating alone.In Thailand and Japan, Moomin Cafes will give you a giant stuffed Moomin if you are eating alone. pic.twitter.com/M8hSIlXBBo— Anna Slatz (@YesThatAnna) August 8, 2019
In response, the hotel wrote that the goldfish is transferred “back into a big tank where all the care, oxygen and food is provided.”
I am sure. However please start by putting those fish in a temperature controlled tank/ environment rather than using them to supplement entertainment/interaction to your valued patrons. Stay blessed.🙏— Graham Miranda (@grahammiranda7) August 8, 2019
Goldfish, (Carassius auratus), an ornamental aquarium and pond fish of the carp family was domesticated by the Chinese at least as early as the Sung dynasty (960–1279).
According to Encyclopaedia Britannica, the goldfish has become “naturalized in many areas of the eastern United States” after escaping from park and garden pools,
“Upon resuming wild life, it reverts to its original colour and may grow from an aquarium size of about 5–10 centimetres (2–4 inches) to a length of up to 30 centimetres.”