"It is possible to die from eating. But I think to be professional means you don't die." (Takeru Kobayashi)

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Take all you want, but eat all you take

Poor Wendy Dershem never saw it coming. Earlier this month she, her boyfriend and her two children were kicked out of an Iowa Chinese buffet after employees claimed the woman's kids were leaving too much food on their plates.

The waitstaff had apparently observed the wasteful habits over the course of several visits and finally decided to show 'em the door. Said one employee: "They just take one bite and throw it away. They take four egg rolls and crab rangoon, take one bite of egg roll and throw the whole plate. That is wasting food."

I found this story on Yahoo News and anyone who's ever read the discussion boards on Yahoo know they can get pretty out of control. Like really, really out of control. Especially on stories that involve race or politics...or Chinese food. Surprisingly about 80 percent of the comments came down on the side of the restaurant. Of course, that doesn't mean they still weren't a little irreverent. Here's a few of the more extreme and laughable remarks (and these are only from postings 2800 through 3100!):

"I'd have spiked the egg rolls with rat poison and kicked her and her bratty kids right out on the street," said Trolllikeapornstar.

"Wasteful pigs should be killed" was the subject of Whiteyfart772000's message. I couldn't bear to post the actual comment, but what do you expect from someone named "Whiteyfart".

"Fat people at buffets are a big problem," said the_internet_is_a_pudenda rather bluntly. (Apparently he's not familiar with the belt-of-fat theory.)

"tyler durden is god" narrowed the problem down to a lack of birth control: "Most people should be sterilised. This is a good example of why. Her kids are brats. Too bad she couldn't keep her legs closed."

"I see SO much waste in my business. Shoot! the amount of breakfast meat I threw away from one table yesterday, could've feed my daschund for a week!" said Humble383.

"Metalhead Guy 50280" likes his buffets with a little sass: "I am going to go eat at this restaurant now! It kicks ass to see some people still have balls and don't stand by while douchebags like those people screw them over."

"spiceychickensandwich" has a plan that might work: "Tazer her everytime she wastes food and then she'll stop"

"Oink! SNORK!" said leezlevontramp.

And, the Over Reaction of the Day Award goes to "clenderinqwertyuiop- likitres" for this insight: "The family should have been charged ten times what they paid and should be forced to work as slaves at the restaurant for twenty years, at the end of which, they should then be taken out, stripped naked, beaten to a bloody pulp and shot!!!!!!!!!!"


Blogger Author said...

Hi We have eat all you can buffet down here in Singapore too. But most restaurant here put up a sign that all food wasted/taken and not eaten will be charge $10 per 100 gram. Think it's quite effective here.

If you wasted too much food at least the restaurant got the option to take out that sign and charge the customer.

9:38 PM

Blogger Mega Munch said...

That definitely sounds like it would be effective and I would go out of my way to eat at a buffet with that policy!

It would be really nice if that money was sent to a charity that fights hunger. Sadly, our American culture is so used to buying and wasting food, it's hard to say if a policy like that would be welcomed.

9:03 AM


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