Pay what you like restaurants..

@ersmommy1 (12600)
United States
April 1, 2008 2:50pm CST
What a concept! Some restaurants are letting patrons decide how much their meal is worth One Salt Lake City eatery has a customer-operated credit card machine Lentil as Anything is a pay-as-you-like chain in Melbourne, Australia http://www.cnn.com/2008/TRAVEL/04/01/flex.payment/index.html How do you think this would go in your area??
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@lilybug (21148)
• United States
1 Apr 08
I think that in most places any restaurant that did this would go out of business in a very short period of time.
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• United States
3 Apr 08
I would find it an interesting business model, of course, but I would worry about its chances of success. I have, traditionally, found little to cause me to believe that human nature would pay what the meal was worth instead of being a cheapskate. It would be an interesting idea, but one that would probably work best in niche markets which cater to more sophisticated tastes. Like cappuccino or exotic foods. I think, perhaps, the reason why it might work might involve a person's guilt at returning to the establishment. Guilt or shame might keep skinflints from returning. You are out one meal, but you don't need to see those people again. Contrarywise, if you are promised that you can only pay for the quality of the food and your income, you might be inspired to try the food. It might work, for you, better than a coupon for half off the meal. Then, too, some people like the idea of generosity and good will. In order to pretend that the best can be believed about humanity, they may pay more than their fair share to keep the place open. As if the place being able to stay open with this business model is some sort of a laurel laid upon humanity's reputation. I don't know. But I would try the restaurants and, if I went, I would pay a fair tab. So, if there were any around here, I would be one of the customers that paid honorably.
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
6 Apr 08
That would be nice but I bet alot of people would be too picky and would not want to pay anything for their meal. they would talk it down and try to get if for free. It is awful but it is a fact with some people. I think people in my area would take advantage of it.
@sherrir101 (3670)
• United States
1 Apr 08
I have seen some of these on the TV Food Network. I do not think it would go over in my area. Too many people would be taking advatage of the system. I would love to go to one though. They say the food is great.