Shanghai Disneyland sued for practising ‘double standards’

A student claims she was forced to buy overpriced food inside the Shanghai Disneyland park after being barred from bringing her own meal. 

SHANGHAI: A Chinese student is suing American giant Disney alleging double standards because the company bans visitors to its Asian theme parks from taking their own food.

The lawsuit against Shanghai Disneyland takes the entertainment company to task because the same strictures do not apply in its US or European parks.

The legal action, which has sparked widespread support on social media, comes as China and the US spar over trade, and as tensions rise between the world’s two largest economies.

The student, surnamed Wang, says she had her “rights violated” after being barred from bringing in her own meal, forcing her to buy “overpriced” food inside the park.

The David-and-Goliath legal challenge has lit up China’s Twitter-like Weibo platform, with the Chinese-language hashtag “Disney sued for prohibiting bringing own food and beverage” attracting more than 600 million views and tens of thousands of comments.

“Many people may also feel that their rights have been violated, but (they) did not sue due to the time involved. As law students, (it) is our duty,” Wang told online media The Paper.