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Leaving food uneaten may cost you at some restaurants

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Leaving food uneaten may cost you at some restaurants

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By Jillian Eugenios

With so many choices, the buffet table can be an overwhelming place. But those who overfill their plates may have to pay with more than just their pride at some restaurants.

Kylin Buffet, a Chinese restaurant in the northeast of England, is now charging customers £20 ($32) for food wastage costs if diners leave food on their plates. According to the UK Daily Mail, the policy has upset some customers, including Beverley Clark, 40, who spoke out after being told she'd be fined when her son Sam, 10, and niece Toni, 6, allegedly left two onion rings, a piece of prawn toast and a spring roll on their plates. Clark opted to hide the leftovers in a napkin she placed in her bag so the wait staff would think the family cleaned their plates. She succeeded in hoodwinking them.


Last year, reported about a similar policy at Marmar restaurant in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. "There are many clients who make large orders in order to impress the people around them and boost their social prestige," owner Fahad Al Anezi said. The policy was aimed at reducing food wastage and extravagance, with the fine being calculated according to the quantity of the leftovers.


Paying extra for unfinished food isn't unheard of stateside. Hayashi Ya Japanese restaurant in New York City charges diners 3 percent for not finishing a meal from the all-you-can-eat buffet. Manager Belson Lin told he doesn't believe customers get upset by the policy, because they know they'll be charged, and have the option to order a la carte.


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by on May. 17, 2012 at 7:38 PM
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by Ruby Member on May. 19, 2012 at 1:09 PM
In the countries where ordering a lot of food is considered "prestigious" then I can understand the fine. If restaurants are up front about it then I can choose whether or not to go there.
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by Platinum Member on May. 19, 2012 at 1:20 PM

 Not a fan of this.

Sometimes the food left on the plate is not because I could not finish it BUt because I did not like it.  It looked good but then tasted horrible.  And i do not think they are taking that into account.

by Gold Member on May. 19, 2012 at 1:21 PM
So I've already paid for my food and I've already tipped for the bus boy... Why should I pay for leftovers.

The cost of everything is already calculated in the cost of the meal.

Restaurant/Hospitality 101
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by on May. 19, 2012 at 1:41 PM

If I knew I was going to be charged for uneaten food, I would not have a problem with it. I think it is a stupid rule, so I would choose not to eat there, problem solved. If I was not informed about the rule and/or the rule was not stated anywhere in the restaurant; I ate there and was charged for an uneaten onion ring, I would be pissed.

by TC on May. 19, 2012 at 1:57 PM
Personally, I wouldn't choose a restaurant that worked that (especially with the kids), so I'd hope they'd be upfront about it.
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by on May. 19, 2012 at 2:00 PM
Silly. I would not eat there.
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by Bronze Member on May. 19, 2012 at 4:08 PM

 I think I've eaten in the city once. Overpaid. The best thing I got from the city was a smoothie at the Godiva shop they had near out hotel. THAT was worth every penny.

Quoting LoriKeet:

Even when I lived in Northern NJ, I NEVER went into the city to eat...waste of money!! 

Quoting FrumpyMama:

 or NYC. Lol!

Quoting LoriKeet:

I'll remember that the next time I'm dining in LONDON!! ;o)



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