a) the local council felt 3,578,356,825 bylaws just weren't enough, so they teamed with The Chip Group to add one more bylaw, while generating membership for the Group;
b) the anti-food brigade decided it would be more effective to control chip scoop sizes, rather than promote a user pays health care system where people would moderate their behaviour through personal choice; or
c) the chip eating market in Christchurch is too stupid to let the market dictate where they buy their good value, tasty chips from; or
d) it was a slow news night, and the events in Gaza are irrelevant when chip scoop sizes vary and the market is too dumb to buy their chips elsewhere.
Christchurch fish-and-chip shops have backed calls to standardise the size of a scoop.
The Chip Group, which comprises industry figures from potato growers to government agencies, has called for a standard scoop to weigh 330 grams before it is cooked.
The Chip Group chairwoman Glenda Gourley said portion sizes could vary wildly.
"When a consumer walks into a chip shop they don't know what quantity to expect," she said.
"Not only will consumers be better off, but chip-shop operators will also be able to better account for the finance side of their businesses if they know more accurately what they are serving."
In Christchurch, a random test of four shops found that scoops varied from 275g to 425g, while the cost varied from $2 to $2.20.
Lyttelton Fisheries served the 425g portion, while a scoop from City Fish and Chips weighed 275g.
Theo's Fisheries manager Yiannis Ioannou supported the standardised scoop.
The Riccarton Rd retailer does not have a standardised portion.
"That would be a good idea because when you have a set amount you can save a few sacks of spuds a week.
"It would keep it fair for customers," Ioannou said. "We try to keep it as fair as possible, but on a Friday night rush you just scoop it in quickly."
City Fish and Chips manager and co-owner Lou Donaggio also supported the standard scoop size.
"A standardised scoop size would be fairer on people, rather than having one place giving you four chips and another giving you 10."
Donaggio said customers wanted tasty chips, but also good value for money.
Lyttelton Fisheries manager Helen Lei said the shop had no standard scoop size.
But portions usually weighed about 350g before cooking.
Connoisseur Ellen Gray said she was happy with the two scoops of chips, pineapple ring and piece of fish she ordered from City Fish and Chips last night.
"We had a good amount.
"Maybe even too much, but we ate them," Gray said.
"They were good."
Gray said the outlet had been her "local" for about two years.
Gourley said a standard scoop size would be healthier for customers.
"In this day of increased dietary awareness by consumers, it makes sense that customers know exactly what they are getting," she said.
The organisation plans to inform chip shops of the recommended portion size.
It also intends to tell them where they can buy the standard scoop.