Free Canada Day buffet, but only for Canadian citizens? Cue the outrage
A Canadian flag flies in the wind at Granville Island in Vancouver, B.C., on Monday, June 30, 2014. (Darryl Dyck / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Jeremiah Rodriguez, CTVNews.ca Staff
Published Thursday, June 27, 2019 10:00AM EDT
People online are criticizing the Mandarin Restaurants chain after it announced an offer of free buffet meals on Canada Day, but only to people who can prove they are Canadian citizens.
In a tweet, the buffet chain account wrote that “to celebrate, on July 1st, we're offering Canadian citizens a FREE buffet Meal. Proof of Canadian citizenship is required.”
According to a flyer on their website, the only thing patrons will need to show in order to pig out for free is either a Canadian passport, Canadian citizenship card or a Canadian birth certificate.
It’s unclear if people without these pieces of identification will need to wait in a separate line to pay to dine, or if there will be bouncers at the door to kick out non-Canadians.
Based on the promotion, people with student or working visas, as well as permanent residents will be turned away from Mandarin’s free smorgasbord.
The proof requirement appears to rubbing plenty of people the wrong way.
People sounded off online saying patrons being asked for their papers is un-Canadian. One person tweeted, “proof of citizenship is gross and against what Canada stands for. Be better.”
Another woman tweeted, “Thanks for letting me know that I'm not welcome in your restaurant tho.” She added, “what an excellent way to lose temporary and permanent resident clients! I like to skip lines, so I wouldn't celebrate my Canada Day on Mandarin anyways.”
One person tweeted that the Mandarin ad “should have said ’Thank You Canadian Citizens.’” Another person tweeted, “I am an international student and shame on your requirements, I will never come back to you even after get citizenship.”
“I don't think I could come up with a more profoundly un-Canadian way of celebrating Canada,” another person online tweeted.
Other people -- likely Canadian citizens -- were less critical of Mandarin’s offer. One person tweeted, "I personally don't have a problem with that at all. I'm a proud Canadian and will be more then happy to show my proof. I
CTVNews.ca has reached out to Mandarin for comment.
I am an international student and shame on your requirements ,I will never come back to you even after get citizenship.— இளந்தாரிப்பொடியன் (@ilantharipediya) June 25, 2019
I don't think I could come up with a more profoundly un-Canadian way of celebrating Canada. Well done! pic.twitter.com/vYP3EfMBdi— A Schand (@TupakiShrichand) June 26, 2019
I personally don't have a problem with that at all. I'm a proud Canadian and will be more then happy to show my proof. I think it's great what they're doing and I give two thumbs up. See you at Mandarins on Canada Day!!!— Robin (@BlueskiesRobin) June 26, 2019