Friday, 3 June 2022

I Occasionally Read About People,

who legally change their name,

some to gain a new identity, others because they are unhappy with their birth name or for instance wish to be known as a idol they love, but in Taiwan there was a different reason for 330 people to change their name, in March of 2021, international news outlets covered the bizarre promotion of Taiwanese restaurant chain Sushiro, which offered sushi at discounted prices or totally free to people who legally changed their names to include the characters for ‘salmon’ once the offer had been taken upmost could legally switch to their original names, but some have been stuck with hilarious names like ‘Hansom Salmon’, ‘Dancing Salmon’ or ‘Salmon Dream’,

Salmon Chaos has left many with their names, the reason? more than a year after Salmon Chaos, some of those who legally changed their names to include the characters for ‘salmon’, are still stuck with them, and it’s all because of Taiwan’s law that only allows people three name changes in a lifetime, for example, a student who changed his name to “Truong’s Salmon Dream” discovered that his parents had already changed his name two times when he was a baby, and he had exhausted his third try, unless the legislation changes, he is stuck with ‘Salmon Dream’ for the rest of his life,

but while some have suggested that changing the law to be more lenient, and making it more difficult and expensive for people to change their names – by increasing fees and waiting times – rather than limiting the number of possible changes, others say that it shouldn’t be done to help adults who just made stupid decisions, “How can we amend the law for those who sell their personality for the sake of benefits?” one person wrote on social media, “Be responsible for your own life, Salmons!” another commented, still it could have been worse, imagine a similar promotion in France if it had the same laws, and be known as Frogs Legs for the rest of your life!

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