Japanese sweet shop accidentally sells plastic copies to customers
A Japanese confectionery shop has made a fatal mistake by not selling fake copies of a local confectionery to a number of customers.
Replicating dishes in plastic is a multi-million dollar business in Japan, and plastic samples are carefully made to give customers a picture of the food being sold as close to reality as possible.
Plastic versions of egg tarts were so convincing that the staff at the site themselves fell for it and unwittingly sold five of them to two customers.
An employee was alerted to the error after the sale, while the two customers returned the plastic pieces to the kiosk before they started eating the fake sweets, and to avoid the recurrence of such cases, identification stickers will be used to distinguish the real candy from the plastic ones.