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Sunday, May 07, 2006

All you can eat, but you'd better eat it 

From Yahoo:

Wendy Dershem may think twice before leaving that egg roll on her plate at her next Chinese buffet. The Des Moines woman, her boyfriend and her two children were kicked out of a restaurant last week after management accused her of leaving too much food on her plate....

Dragon House manager Kent Cao said his restaurant offers all you can eat buffet, not all you can waste. Dershem's family took food, didn't finish it and then piled on the same food again, he said.

"Shes done that too many times," Cao said. "We would welcome her back if she has respect and knows what she wants."

So the next time you're in Urbandale, watch out where you dine. Other buffets have different policies:

Managers at two other buffet restaurants, Old Country Buffet in Des Moines and Buffet City in Clive, said they have never warned customers about how much they take or don't eat. It's part of the buffet business.

"We just suck it up and bear it," said Old Country Buffet manager Michelle Ward....

Bob Brammer, spokesman for the Iowa attorney general's office, said that consumer protection officials couldn't recall any complaints from customers about all-you-can-eat buffets.

"Businesses are obligated to live up their offers," he said. "But implementation needs to be reasonable. People can't fill up a plate and hand it to someone who hasn't paid."

From the Ontario Empoblog (Latest OVVA news here)

Maybe coming from a land where millions of people don’t get enough to eat has something to do with it. My mama always said, “Clean your plate! There are children starving in China!” Once I told her to box it up and send it to them. I didn’t sit for a week.

Really, I would welcome the idea of buffet owners cracking down on food wastefulness. The fact is, there are people starving right here in our own towns.
I guess I'd feel better if there was more documentation - some photographic evidence or some such. "This is the plate."
when i first starting going to college a guy i knew that went back east would often abuse the system as well.

durring the winter everyone wore huge coats, well he'd go in with his huge coat lined with tupperware. he just kept piling more and more food into it until he had enough to last the month.

i personally say that if you can't finish your final helping that's fine, but getting more means your'e taking food out of the mouths of peope who intend to steal it.
Count on Exile to speak THE TRUTH.

Our college had a rule stating that you could only take one dessert during meals, which were held at the Commons. The woman who enforced this rule was referred to as the "Commons witch" (or something like that).

At one point we diagrammed an elaborate football-like play which involved flinging plates of food beyond the "Commons witch," but we never carried it out.
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