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This Restaurant Let Customers Pay By Washing Dishes

That’ll be one clean saucepan for your duck confit, please.

This Restaurant Let Customers Pay By Washing Dishes
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It’s said that if you don’t have money for a restaurant bill, they’ll make you pay by doing the washing the dishes. Well, one restaurant Paris recently stopped taking money–washing up was the currency du jour.

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The La Bastide d’Opio in the sixth arrondissement charged four pieces of cutlery for a mozzarella and tomato gratin, two glasses for a lentil salad, and a whole saucepan (plus lid) for a duck confit. Which actually doesn’t sound too taxing.

Unfortunately, the idea was just a marketing stunt for, you guessed it, a detergent liquid called Mir. And the pop-up was short-lived, lasting just three days.

It was still a fun idea, though. Why shouldn’t we pay for things with our bare hands, instead of always dipping into our pockets?

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Ben Schiller is a New York staff writer for Fast Company. Previously, he edited a European management magazine and was a reporter in San Francisco, Prague, and Brussels.

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