Does it embarrass you.....doggy boxes

United States
July 10, 2007 8:27pm CST
When you go out to eat and cannot finish your meal, are you embarrassed to ask for a doggy box/bag? Do you feel like others are watching you and thinking of you as miserly or a glutton to carry out the extra food? What types of feelings do you have when you ask for a doggy box and carry it out?
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@sunshinecup (7873)
11 Jul 07
I never thought about it before. I ask for them all the time. I don't see why it would be an issue, I paid for the food, shouldn't I take it home if I can't eat it? If any one is watching, reckon it's nice to see I am that important, too bad they are not since I don't notice them noticing me, LOL.
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• Denmark
12 Jul 07
I so agree with you sunshine. When im eating out i will always ask for a doggy bag if anything is left over. Not only coz i am a tight fckr and have paid for it, and love indian for breakfast, but also to ensure that food which has already been cook and served is not going back in the pots for the late night costummers.
@GardenGerty (130193)
• United States
11 Jul 07
No I am not embarrassed at all. The fact of trying to save on calories means that many people start their meal with a doggie box, and put a portion aside. Everyone knows that restaurant meals are much too high in calories and much too large portions to eat. Maybe it is just I come from a frugal community, because it is more common to see boxes of leftovers than not. We have one restaurant where we go for breakfast. It offers toast, muffin, biscuit, or three pancakes with certain egg meals. I get the pancakes, hubby gets the (mammoth) muffin. I give him one or two pancakes, and he always brings the muffin home. That saves me some calories, and allows him a big treat for his lunch box. Those muffins must have six to eight hundred calories each.
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• United States
11 Jul 07
That is exactly what I do Gerty, I emmediately split the meal given to me into half and place one half in a doggy box! The restaurant portions are WAY to big for me and my diet! I am not embarrassed in the least to ask for or carry out a doggy box! I have talked to many people though who say things like, "I couldn't bear to carry that out of here" or "I'm too embarrassed to ask for a box." Not this old girl! I work hard for my money and that portion that I put in that box makes a great lunch the next day!
@dmillman (2273)
• United States
14 Jul 07
NEVER!!! I do this all the time! I can never eat the whole thing.......well, most of the time. If I'm not very hungry, but I'm going out to eat, I always get something that will taste good reheated. Sometimes, I know I'll be able to eat the whole thing, or most of it, so it doesn't matter if it will taste good reheated. My hubby will eat anything, so basically whatever I don't eat, he'll eat it. He's learning more about portion sizes, so he's usually taking stuff home as well. You pay a lot for the food you eat at restaurants, so why let it go to waste just because you can't finish the meal, where the portion sizes are usually too big to begin with. Plus, if it's a place where I love a certain dessert they have, I sometimes just eat a little of the meal, take it to-go and then have room for dessert! It's all about planning ahead and saving money!!! If people don't like it, tough toodles to them!!!
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@sigma77 (5384)
• United States
11 Jul 07
Heck no, I am not embarressed at all. It is my food, and I paid for it. Many times I can get two meals for the price of one. I have said before that I don't like to waste food, and that includes eating at a restaurant. Even if I was very rich, I would not waste food. I could care less what anybody else thinks of this practice. Who are they to judge me or you?
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@sedel1027 (17850)
• United States
11 Jul 07
I don't get embarrassed at all. Here in the States, the restaurants give you enough food for at least two meals. Nutritionist advise you to get a doggy bag at the start of the meal since you are being served two portions. I think if you eat everything you should feel like a pig, not for getting a doggy bag.
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@DJ9020 (1596)
• United States
11 Jul 07
Oh, not at all! I think it is much better to take the extra food home than to just throw it away. Even if it really does end up going to the dogs, then someone is eating it and its not just wasted. But usually, it ends up being my snack or dinner the next night.
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@tmlnmr (1850)
• Canada
11 Jul 07
Oh no never! I do it all the time. I think more of them as gluttons to force themselves to eat when they are already full. Restaurants always give a person way more than they need to eat I often bring half of my food home unless it doesn't heat up again good or will spoil before getting home. I don't really care what the other people in the restaurant think of me to be honest. If they have a problem with me getting a doggy bag that is their problem not mine! LOL.
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• Canada
11 Jul 07
It make me feel good that the food was that great i want to take it with me and have it later. There are tiem s when the food is so bad will nto ask for it but places that have great food adn large protions i go back to.
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@inked4life (4225)
• United States
11 Jul 07
Absolutely not. I paid good money for the meal and have no qualms about asking for a doggy box. The only time it gets embarassing for me is when I've got to eat the leftovers and have to get on all fours and spoon the food out with my tongue and then lick my own behind...gross, I know.
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• United States
11 Jul 07
HAHAHA!! I should have known you'd find a way to make this more fun inked! Glad to see you back. Hope your vacation was awesome.
@estherlou (5017)
• United States
17 Jul 07
Hmmm...I never thought either one of those things, and never worried if someone was watching. Hubby doesn't like to waste food and if he can't finish it he always brings it home. My sister actually uses hers for her dogs.
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@tuffy999 (794)
• Philippines
17 Jul 07
why should one be embarassed to ask for a doogy bag. you paid for the meal, nobody can question you if you want to bring home your excess food. why should i care what other people think i paid for my meal they din't.
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• United States
13 Jul 07
When I ask for a box, I am thinking...man, am I gonna enjoy this AGAIN! I especially get a box from the finer restaurants, that serve way too much food with a way to high of a price! Not feeling too miserly or gluttony, just proving great food!
• Malaysia
13 Jul 07
I don't feel anything. I am not embarrassed or ashamed of what I do. I pay for the food and it's my choice whether to eat it at the restaurant or to take it away if I can't finish it. There's nothing to be ashamed of. I didn't beg for the food. I didn't steal it. I paid for it. So, why should I feel embarrassed?
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@amyann16 (414)
• United States
13 Jul 07
Heck no! The only feeling I get is that I am glad I am bringing this delicious food home, because I paid good money for it and it will make a good lunch for tomorrow or snack later in the day!
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• United States
12 Jul 07
That is the first American custom that I embraced and have used it for 30 years. I always ask for a doggy bag as I do not eat very large portions and the meals are usually too much for me. I also never care what anyone thinks about what I choose to do.
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@kareng (31532)
• United States
12 Jul 07
I'm not embarrassed at all to ask for a to-go box or doggy bag :) I think it is stupid for me to sit there and stuff my face and be miserable for the next few hours when I could stop when I'm full and take a plate for my lunch the next day. Afterall, I paid for the meal and I may as well get my money's worth. The leftovers are just thrown away if left on the plate. This is so wasteful to me.
@ky1119 (699)
• United States
12 Jul 07
My thoughts are that I paid for it, why shouldn't I take it home? I can eat it later or I can leave it there and let them throw it away. I'll bring it home...lol
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@makingpots (11916)
• United States
11 Jul 07
Honestly, crazynurse, I have never thought about it that way. I would still do it anyway even if I had thought of it. People who take time out of their own lives to think thoughts like that about people they don't even know...... well, they are just not people that I concern myself with. Most places that we eat out on a regular basis have such large portions that I woud never be able to finish them.... I almost always take something home.
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• United States
11 Jul 07
I rarely eat out. And, when I do, I always eat all the food up. I never have anything left over. If I did, I would ask for a doggy bag, and not care or think of what others are thinking about it.
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@cutepenguin (6446)
• Canada
11 Jul 07
I don't worry about it. I find that restaurant meals are bigger than what i would normally eat, so I have no problem in having them wrap up the other half of the food. Otherwise, it would go in the garbage. My husband will often take this for lunch or have it as a snack.
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