Would you take that customer?

United States
July 25, 2009 11:57pm CST
Yesterday at work, at the restaurant. A customer told one of the waiters that he forgot his wallet at home, can he just eat here first. He will bring back the money later on. That is one of the biggest joke I ever heard today. The waiter certainly couldn't make this kind of decision. He directed the customer to talk to our manager. The answer is certainly no. Because we are not getting much businesses recently. We have no way to find out whether he gonna bring back the money or not. So, he either bring the money first, or go somewhere else. Would you take a customer like that?
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10 responses
@fwidman (11519)
• United States
26 Jul 09
I think it would depend on whether or not this customer was a regular. If he comes into the restaurant all the time then I would say yes. If I have never seen this customer before then I would have to say no, I am sorry but I cannot do that.
@jojorv (201)
• Philippines
27 Jul 09
that's true, if he is a regular, you can probably accept the customer. but for an unknown client, i don't think that's a good idea. tnx
@fwidman (11519)
• United States
27 Jul 09
It pays to be a regular customer
• Philippines
27 Jul 09
if he was a regular customer,I would allow it.he may have really forgotten his wallet.of course if he will be ashamed if he doesn't pay for his meal,especially if he was a patron.he will not dare show his face in the restaurant anymore.however,if it's a new guy,then I will not allow it.who knows,he could be cheating to get a free meal.
@chaime (1153)
• Philippines
27 Jul 09
Oh my, what some people would do... It's a pity that people can sometimes resort to scamming just to get a meal. I honestly believe that that guy is a scammer. Plan to eat and scram... Honestly, I wouldn't even bother the manager, I would simply tell him what the manager ultimately said. that he either brings his money to pay for his food right there and then or go some place else...
@grace118224 (1040)
• China
27 Jul 09
i probably will if i own this restaurant . Of course i migh have a risk to let this go like that but sometimes i just want to have some special experience. In our daily life people go to work or go out mostly in a hurry .It's possible for him to forget his wallet. And surely for your restaurant it's good to deal with as you mentioned . Asking the customer to bring his money or go somewhere else won't cost any trouble for the restaurant.
• United States
27 Jul 09
These days you just can't take the word of someone... especially someone you do not know. Most people I know I wouldn't either for that matter!! :) You just never know but the world is not as simple and trusing as it once was!No way
• United States
27 Jul 09
no i wouldnt take him as a customer even though we want to believe people most of the time they are lying to us. And if the customer doesnt come back to pay then that meal will probably be taken out of somebodys check.these are hard times for everybody so you cant expect to eat for free.
@dlr297 (5206)
• United States
26 Jul 09
It would depend on weather the person was someone that came into the restaurant all the time or not. Then i would be more likely to say yes. But if it was someone that did not eat their all the time i would say no.
@windymyre (210)
• United States
26 Jul 09
My response is the same as most here, unless the customer came into the restaurant all the time & you knew him, he would have been told no.
@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
26 Jul 09
Hi clorissa, I would answer with a definite no in most places as I've read that some people do this sort of thing on a regular basis along with eating the meal and then complaining it wasn't fit to eat. At least he asked before eating. It would be a big risk for the business to serve someone who wasn't a regular in this way.
@dorannmwin (36636)
• United States
26 Jul 09
Of course not. There is too much crime and manipulation in this society in this day and age to do something like that. If I was trying to do charity for someone it certainly would be for someone that had the guts to do something like that. I would have responded in exactly the same way, "Either you bring the money first or you need to go somewhere else."