It was meant to bring public attention to a certain product but the stunt backfired, resulting in mutiple arrests.
A group of foreigners dressed as Spartan warriors, topless and in skintight shorts, appeared to be doing fine while pitching a salad in Beijing’s Chaoyang district.
But passers-by were not amused.
They complained to the police who promptly rounded up the men.
Some were arrested for disobeying police orders, according to the official People’s Daily.
Police said the men were models hired by a salad shop.
Some passers-by complained that they were disturbing public order and causing obstruction after crowds began to swell around them.
Beijing police chief Wang Jucheng said large crowds pose danger, recalling the 2014 Shanghai New Year’s eve stampede which killed 36 people.
In the wake of the tragedy, large public events need a police permit.
Organizers are required to conduct risk assessment and submit proposed safety measures as part of the approval process.
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