Friday, September 30, 2005

Want Genocide with that?

What is freaking wrong with some people? I mean I have heard of some stupid ideas for a restaurant (one where you eat locked in a cage and handcuffed, another where you sit on a toilet while you eat though I guess that cuts down on time...), but this takes the cake.

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - A new Cambodian cafe is offering diners a slice of life under the Khmer Rouge, with a menu featuring rice-water and leaves, and waitresses dressed in the black fatigues worn by Pol Pot's ultra-Maoist guerrillas.

Newly opened across the road from Phnom Penh's notorious Tuol Sleng "S-21" Khmer Rouge interrogation and torture center, the cafe is meant to remind Cambodians of the 1975-1979 genocide in which an estimated 1.7 million people died.


What the hell? For your dining pleasure, we are going to make a tourist experience out of the deaths of over a million people. Come drop some money and marginalize another communist dictator's crimes against humanity.

But the set "theme menu" of salted rice-water, followed by corn mixed with water and leaves, and dove eggs and tea at $6 a time is proving too much to swallow for many visitors.

"Our grandfather and other relatives lost their lives under Pol Pot's regime," said 17-year-old manager Hakpry Agnchealy, whose brother owns the business. "This is more than just a restaurant. It is to remind us of those who died."

"We opened two weeks ago, but have only had two Europeans coming here to eat. We don't know how much longer we can go," she said.

Gee, ya think? What, for the love of Pete, gave you the idea that basing a theme restaurant on the murder of thousands of people would every work out? What's your next big idea, open a restaurant at Dachau with a holocaust theme? The patrons can get gassed, literally, at the bar while they wait for a seat in a cattle car. What a couple of numbskulls.