The newly-opened restaurant of motivational speaker Rendon Labador received criticism from the netizens because of its expensive rice.
A customer shared a photo of the menu from Labador’s Episode Bar + Kitchen in Quezon City, showing that the restaurant’s rice costs P100 to P450.
Many netizens couldn’t hide their disappointment at the cost of the rice offered by Labador’s restaurant, which reopened on March 31, 2023.
“Anak ng bubuyog na Jr. presyo ng kanin? 100 pesos? seryoso ka? tapos magtataka ka kung bakit walang tao? Eh, pang 2 kilo ng bigas presyo niyan eh.” a netizen said.
Labador then made an unusual approach to the criticisms that his restaurant received from the netizens.
According to him, he intended to offer expensive rice to ‘motivate’ the people to work harder so they could afford eating at his restaurant.
“MOTIVATIONAL RICE!!! Pilitin mong umangat sa buhay hanggang sa ma afford mo. This is not to discriminate pero ito ay simbolo ng mga taong lumalaban at hindi sumusuko sa buhay. So ilang kanin ang kaya mong bilhin? #StayMotivated,” Labador said.
However, netizens didn’t buy the explanation from Labador and even called the government agencies’ attention to investigate the restaurant’s pricing.
“100 grabe yung rice mo.. Mukha pang malata yang motivational rice mo… Kaya pala nalugi agad ang restobar mo sa mahal ng presyo… Yung standard or target market mo kasi pang milyonaryong tao… Mas maganda pa rin yung kahit maliit ang income na pumapasok sure na ping hirapan at pinag sikapan mo,” netizen Tinces said.
“Hello Rendon! I’m really confused kung ano talaga pinaglalaban mo. I tried to understand you sa “quiapo issue” mo kay Coco dahil concern ka sa mga small businesses doon. Tapos ngayon, you’re trying to justify the P100 per cup of rice by saying na dapat magsumikap para ma afford lang yan. Jusko!” netizen Shawny commented.