Hotpot chain Haidilao offers discounts for PSLE pupils based on grades, then changes mind

Haidilao removed the tiered discounts and posted on social media offering a $30 discount at the chain’s City Square outlet for parents whose children are receiving their PSLE results. PHOTOS: HAIDILAOSINGAPORE/INSTAGRAM, BLOOMBERG

SINGAPORE - Hotpot chain Haidilao on Monday offered tiered discounts based on a child’s performance in the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE), but appeared to change its mind later that day.

The restaurant amended the offer to extend it to all pupils receiving PSLE results, which were released from 11am on Wednesday.

Social media users were quick to notice the shift, saying grades should not matter.

In response to Haidilao’s Facebook post, a user named JC Manics said: “Yes thank you for updating this and not discriminate! Let’s teach our children that their grades do not define them.”

Instagram user @chermerfer commented that there should be no discrimination based on PSLE scores. “Every kid should celebrate the hard work they have put in over the months regardless of (their) results.”

In its first post on Monday, which has been taken down, the restaurant chain said pupils with Achievement Level scores of between four and seven would receive a $30 discount.

Those who attained scores of eight to 11 would get a $20 discount, and pupils with a 12 to 20 score would get a $10 discount, according to the previous post. PSLE scores can range from four to 32, with a lower score indicating a better result.

But later that day, Haidilao removed the tiered discounts, which were posted on its Facebook and Instagram accounts. The original post was also published on an AllSGPromo webpage at https://str.sg/pslehdl

The updated social media post on Monday night read: “We ought to call for a celebration for all children’s hard work, regardless of PSLE scores! Parents who have received their children’s PSLE results on Nov 23, 2022, you may bring your children to dine at City Square Haidilao outlet.

“Simply show the staff the PSLE score and enjoy $30 discount off.”

The PSLE discount is offered at the chain’s City Square outlet, with a minimum spend of $150. The promotion is not valid for set meals or with other discounts.

Haidilao added in its post that the promotion is offered for a limited period from Monday to Thursday.

In response to The Straits Times’ queries, the hotpot chain said the outlet “immediately changed the promotion mechanics when we noted that the terms and conditions were erroneous and definitely inappropriate”.

“The promotion is meant to reward all PSLE students for their hard work and celebrate with them... We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused and the outlet has decided to extend the promo date to Nov 30, 2022 (available from Monday to Thursday) so that more students can enjoy the promotion,” said Haidilao.

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