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How Do You Feel About This Restaurant Surcharge?

Posted by on Feb. 15, 2013 at 11:50 AM
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Genius Restaurant Charges Patrons for Leaving Food on Their Plates

Posted by Lindsay Mannering

clean plateHere in the states, about 40 percent of our food supply chain goes uneaten. Forty percent. The average family of four throws away about 20 pounds of food per person every month. That's a lot of grub going down the drain, and in Japan, well, they ain't having it. One seafood restaurant in Sapporo charges patrons a surcharge if they don't finish every last drop of food on their plate, down to the final grain of rice.

On the menu, it states that customers who order the signature dish -- a bowl of rice with salmon roe -- are subject to pay extra if they don't finish it. And their rationale for such a rule is spot on.

Evidently, the working conditions for the fish farmers are dangerous and can even be deadly -- not eating the food they worked so hard to put on your plate is not only a waste, but an insult to their profession.

And believe it or not, people admire this clean your plate club rule. In fact, restaurant goers like it so much that business has boomed in this one seafood joint, allowing the owner to open another one.

This isn't the first time we've heard of an eatery imposing eat-or-pay obligations. A restaurant in Saudi Arabia started charging patrons extra for ordering too much and eating too little.

Then there are Grandma's houses across the nation where a morsel of broccoli or, god forbid, a piece of London broil left on the plate could render its full eater a death stare and a threat of no dessert.

The clean plate club restaurant rule is something I can get behind. Not only would it save food waste (remember! 40 percent is thrown out!) but it would make ordering your meal a more conscious and deliberate effort, which, I think, would make the experience all the more enjoyable.

How do you feel about a surcharge for not finishing your plate?

by on Feb. 15, 2013 at 11:50 AM
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Purgatorian
by Member on Feb. 15, 2013 at 12:11 PM
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I think in theory it is a good idea but I would never patron a restaurant with a surcharge for not cleaning my plate.

I have weight issues and have been for years trying to make sure I DON'T clean my plate at each meal. Now if they were ok with a doggie bag then sure I would still go.

michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Feb. 15, 2013 at 12:29 PM
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While I do hate seeing food wasted, this might work in other countries where the servings aren't 3 to 4 times the recommended servings...here in the US we'd end up with even more obese people if the "finish your plate" rule was "enforced" by restaurants.


KenzieQsMommy
by Heather on Feb. 15, 2013 at 1:45 PM
They tend to serve too much to begin with
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mamabearlehman
by Silver Member on Feb. 15, 2013 at 3:08 PM
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 We are a family of 4 and DO NOT throw away 80 lbs of food per month. That is just crazy. Who comes up with these numbers?

Idntreallycare
by Bronze Member on Feb. 15, 2013 at 3:12 PM

i dont see the point in the surcharge. Whether or not you eat the food, the cost should be the same

Anniea90
by Bronze Member on Feb. 15, 2013 at 3:14 PM

We dont either, but I have no problem believing those numbers. I have been to friends houses and the amount of food they alone waste is horrible....

Quoting mamabearlehman:

 We are a family of 4 and DO NOT throw away 80 lbs of food per month. That is just crazy. Who comes up with these numbers?



AzariahsMother
by on Feb. 15, 2013 at 3:37 PM
I would say I think it's a good idea and I understand why a restaurant would charge. At the same time maybe it would be better to charge a little more to cover those kinds of cost. I don't think I would go to a place that did that though.
chrissysnow22
by on Feb. 15, 2013 at 8:14 PM
Umm I agree and disagree. With the huge amount of food we get in lots of American restaurants obesity would probably get even worse.

There is a buffet we went to not too long ago that says they add 20% to your total for wasting food. I understand that because I see lore of people piling up plates and then throwing a lot of it away.
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DawnPratt23
by Dawn on Feb. 16, 2013 at 12:27 AM

 It is stupid. Would make more money charging for seconds, and help reduce obesity.

Nikaniko
by on Feb. 16, 2013 at 12:39 AM

We usually take home leftovers unless its something that doesn't warm up well. I think serving sizes are too big to eat everything most times. In the US that's almost like pushing obesity. So I disagree with the clean your plate surcharge thing.

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