Human ambition knows no limits. Not from above, like those Roman generals in need of someone to whisper their mortality, nor from below. This explains why the Taiwanese authorities would also have to issue a warning, where appropriate to ask the population to please stop changing their name to “Salmon”.
The reason for this strange phenomenon was the love for fish, more specifically for free fish. In accordance with the promotion of a well-known local sushi chain, any customer whose identity card contains the characters “guiyu”-“ salmon ”- you could, for two days, enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet with five companions of your choice for two days.
At the beginning of the campaign, at the end of March, more than 150 people headed to the police stations to change their identity, something that, according to the law, every citizen can do up to three times in their life. The local media referred to what happened as “salmon chaos” and interviewed several of its protagonists, whose inspired names range from the gastronomic Fried Rice with Salmon to the royal Prince Salmon or King Meteor Salmon.
“I changed my name this morning and I have already eaten for 7,000 Taiwanese dollars (207 euros),” said Salmón Guapo y Explosivo, a university student, to the regional television channel. TVBS. “I have changed my last name to Salmón and two of my friends have also changed,” pointed out another woman. When the promotion is over, “we will just change them again to get the old ones back,” he explained.
Faced with the avalanche of applications, the Taiwanese authorities were forced to call for prudence. “This type of name change is not only a waste of time, but also causes unnecessary paperwork,” said Deputy Interior Minister Chen Tsung-yen during a meeting with the dam. “I hope that everyone is more rational” and “value the administrative resources,” he said.
Others, on the other hand, took advantage of the circumstances to try to get ahead. As reported by the newspaper United Daily News, a man set a new record by adding 36 characters to his name – they usually contain between two and four – most of them related to the world of seafood, such as “lobster” or “crab.” Perhaps it was not misguided: after all, ambition only becomes a reality if, when the opportunity appears, you are prepared.
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