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Old 05-16-2014, 08:03 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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The Swiss are different.
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Old 05-16-2014, 08:03 AM
 
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I hate the idea of this policy because I actually act responsibly at buffets and try to only take what I can eat and finish.

I also hate the idea that there are people in the world who take advantage of these buffets and make the restaurant think a policy like this is necessary.

I don't go to buffets often -- usually just an Indian buffet occasionally for lunch, or a more upscale "brunch buffet" at nice hotels for special occasions. I'm pretty good about scoping out the entire buffet before grabbing a plate, taking small portions if I'm unsure about something, being reasonable about how much I can really eat, etc.

However, I've absolutely left food on the plate -- a misjudged hunger level, a dish I expected to love but had a revolting sauce, mozzarella cheese that tasted overwhelmingly like the gross cantaloupe that was sitting nearby (that one happened recently). It happens -- not often, but it does. Are you going to charge by the spoonful, or will one spoonful count the same as half a plate of waste? I don't like it, either way.
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Old 05-16-2014, 08:33 AM
 
Location: EPWV
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I've seen the same thing happen when crab legs are offered. A family will go up and each of them will pile as many crab legs as possible on their plates then sit down and eat crab legs until they are stuffed. The buffet will only put out a limited number of crab legs during the entire evening, and I don't blame the restaurant.
I've seen this too. Unless you're a fast cracker, don't they (crab legs) get rather cold and sometimes a little bit more rubbery tasting? Some places those crab legs are huge. I can barely put more than 2 or 3 of them on my plate and get done about the same time as DH does. However, by that time, he's probably already had his dessert and is ready to leave. So, now I either just get one and other food items or skip getting the crab legs altogether. How long does one take with 7 or 8 of those huge crab legs on their plates? I can see if they're bringing them back to the family and sharing but I've seen them brought back for just that one person to eat and it just makes me wonder I guess. They must be at that restaurant to eat and be there for more than a couple hours. Meanwhile more people come into the restaurant and wait to be seated.

I only try to put on my plate what I can manage to eat. Another instance to think about - what if tho, someone in your family doesn't feel so good or you get called away (emergency work call) and can't finish your meal due to those reasons? Should that be fair to charge you because you weren't able to finish? Not all buffets will allow for take-home. So, then they charge you because you couldn't finish what was on your plate?
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Old 05-16-2014, 09:40 AM
 
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A Swiss restaurant has decided to fine its diners for leaving food on their plates. What do you think about this? Would this deter you from eating at restaurant that has such a policy?

Good Food - Swiss restaurant adopts a food waste fee
There was a place in Kansas City that we always saw on TV. It was called the GOLD BUFFET. Used to be a great place but went down hill. She had signs up that anyone wasting food would be charged extra.
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Old 05-16-2014, 09:46 AM
 
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European restaurants aren't like American restaurants, meaning the former generally don't serve ridiculously huge portions. Unless you didn't like your dish, it shouldn't be a challenge to "clean the plate."

I think it's a great idea.
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Old 05-16-2014, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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As Dogbert wisely pointed out one time, "Technically, it's all you can eat, not all you DO eat."
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Old 05-16-2014, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Kalamalka Lake, B.C.
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How are you going to enforce this?
You couldn't enforce something like this in the new world, particularly if you also serve alcohol
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Old 05-16-2014, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Sudcaroland
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I've heard the same thing about a restaurant in France. I don't think it's a bad thing, that may help people think twice before putting tons of food on their plates.
Of course the food can taste bad or be undercooked or whatever, but in that case let the restaurant know about it and if they're honest they won't charge you for that.
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Old 05-16-2014, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I agree that one of the big problems with that policy is if the food is nasty. Why should you be forced to finish that?
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Old 05-16-2014, 01:52 PM
 
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I agree that one of the big problems with that policy is if the food is nasty. Why should you be forced to finish that?

You shouldn't be forced to eat it providing it is your first trip thru the line.
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