Buffet banned him!

@shakeroo (3990)
Malaysia
January 3, 2008 3:06am CST
A 6-foot-3, 265-pound man claimed that a restaurant banned him form having buffet meals there. However, the spokesperson of the restaurant denies the claim. "On his most recent visit, he said, a waitress gave him and his wife's cousin, 44-year-old Michael Borrelli, a bill for $46.40, roughly double the buffet price for two adults." And the waitress said that it was due to the fat that they are fat and eat a lot. LOL! Furthermore, he likes to go for the most expensive food on the buffet. "Houma accountant Thomas Campo said the men were charged an extra $10 each on Dec. 21 because they made a habit of dining exclusively on the more expensive seafood dishes, including crab legs and frog legs." Do think that this is a form of discrimination or just some business sense? Full story: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080103/ap_on_fe_st/odd_buffet_ban;_ylt=AozVaQ5tTPeeBFCRe56VzqztiBIF
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13 responses
• India
3 Jan 08
buffet is no limit to eat.one can eat as much one likes. buffet cannot/should not charge extra to anyone.One is at liberty to eat as much he likes,as much his desire.But take this into consideration that after all stomach is yours own.
@shakeroo (3990)
• Malaysia
3 Jan 08
I agree with those points!
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@Sillychick (3279)
• United States
3 Jan 08
It is absolute discrimination. They are a buffet- the point is to eat all you can eat. Do they give discounts to the tiny person who eats just a half a plate of salad? No, they tell them that is the price- for everyone. But then a person who eats more than average comes in and suddenly they want to charge more. It is mean and discriminatory. The restaurant should be punished.
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@shakeroo (3990)
• Malaysia
3 Jan 08
Yeah... people should just stay away from that place...
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@chunter (1761)
• Singapore
3 Jan 08
I seriously think that is wrong.... Once a restaurant set the buffet price, it should stay that way no matter what the patron is....small or skinny or huge or fat... If they really want to earn money, then don't serve expensive dishes.....I'm sure they are earning alot from other patrons still....Buffet is never a losing business
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@shakeroo (3990)
• Malaysia
3 Jan 08
In other words, this is really a discrimination.
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@Archie_14 (147)
• India
3 Jan 08
I am an indian ... so we call it thali here , what you call a buffet! Here the format is , however you are , or no matter how much you eat , your charged the standard rates , so i think this is something related to serious descrimination and perhaps is against law ! So what i think is that those two should knock at the courts doors to get justice , because how can someone's body affect the bill he pays for a buffet!
@shakeroo (3990)
• Malaysia
3 Jan 08
I agree with you!
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• India
3 Jan 08
Where did you get this news from , something should be done !
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@shakeroo (3990)
• Malaysia
3 Jan 08
Just follow the link that I put up there! Thanks!
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@soccermom (3200)
• United States
3 Jan 08
Total discrimination! Buffet imples "all you can eat", which means everybody. I wouldn't be surprised to see the buffet put a sign up hat says you will be charged X amount for anything over 3 or 4 trips to the buffet just to get out of future litgation. Buffets are cash cows anyways, it's not like this place is losing money because of this one persons eating habits. It's not business sense at all, the discrimination is going to lead to a big lawsuit, and what's gooing to cost more? Letting this guy eat himself silly or court costs?
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@shakeroo (3990)
• Malaysia
3 Jan 08
I hope he would sue the place!
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
3 Jan 08
If a sign says, all you can eat for a certain price, then it should be that price for everyone and anyone, afterall they dont charge skinny people who eat less, less money do they ? And if they dont want people to eat the more expensive things on the buffet menu, then maybe they shouldnt make that piticular item. Or they could not refill the buffet while that guy was there, and lie and say that they were out. I mean even that is being dishonest and sneaky, but its a more polite way to be cheap then overcharging someone cause they are overweight or because they can eat alot. I mean i'm not a big person by any means, but i can sure put away some food when i want!! and i wouldnt want to be discriminated against cause i can EAT! That's wrong. The resteraunt should give him his money back, and send him to a different buffet with a free meal coupon if they dont want him to eat there anymore. That would offend me enough not to go back! :P
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@shakeroo (3990)
• Malaysia
3 Jan 08
I agree with you. I do not like that restaurant.
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@wisedragon (2330)
• Philippines
3 Jan 08
That's not fair. If I were him I would file a complaint with the appropriate agency. The restaurant should have known the risks involved in going buffet style. They can recover their expenses with customers who don't eat too much. When I go to a buffet I usually have only 2 rounds of full plates, that's about it.
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@shakeroo (3990)
• Malaysia
3 Jan 08
I agree. He should have complaint to the authority.
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• Philippines
4 Jan 08
How sad could that get! Those restaurants should be closed down for charging those kind of fees to their fat customers. I mean if they charge you extra just for eating seafoods, then they shouldn't have included it in the buffet in the first place! And the fact that they are offering a buffet menu to the customers means that they are willing to take the risk no matter how many one customer eats! Its really disappointing to see such a scenario. They should just write off their buffet service from the things they offer if they are unwilling to offer everything to the customers.
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@shakeroo (3990)
• Malaysia
4 Jan 08
Thanks for your response!
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
4 Jan 08
First that doesn't sound all that big considering his height but that's besides the point, he could have been 500 pounds and still shouldn't have been treated that way. A buffet says "all you can eat" not "all you can eat as long as you're a average sized person and only eat the cheap food". If they didn't want people eating mainly the expensive dishes then they shouldn't have had those items on the line in the first place. It's definitely discrimination and very bad business sense to treat customers that way.
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@shakeroo (3990)
• Malaysia
4 Jan 08
Thanks for your response. Customer should be treated with more respect.
@lingli_78 (12841)
• Australia
3 Jan 08
that sounds like an absolute discrimination to me... a buffet is a buffet... and when they set the price, i'm sure that they have considered the amount of food that the people will be eating and they already make profit... if they want to charge more for people who eat more, then it is not called a buffet... how about people like me who can never eat much??? will they give me a discount on my bill??? i don't think so... so i think it is really not fair to treat people like that and the restaurant should be sued...
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@shakeroo (3990)
• Malaysia
4 Jan 08
I agree with you! Thanks!
@adforme (2116)
3 Jan 08
Hi shakeroo, I heard this story today and this is all I have to say. If the person pays for the buffet, it is just that a buffet all he or she can eat or maybe even tries to eat. This can seem risky and may prove wasteful to the restaurant and the patron himself; but it is a very risky way to do business. If the restaurant wants to eliminate what they perceive as greed or "misuse" from having a buffet. They may need to discontinue the buffet way of serving. I would be reluctant to offer this as a dining option in my restaurant, if I owned one; and I would think twice about including some of the most expensive foods in the buffet. Additional charges added to a flat rate buffet would not be fair unless it was for chargeable item(s) or service(s) in addition to the buffet.
@shakeroo (3990)
• Malaysia
4 Jan 08
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this.
• United States
3 Jan 08
The restaurant sets the prices and they certainly don't complain when someone doesn't eat very much. It is their choice to put menu items on and if they are expensive then they should put that as some sort of extra to order them up front or a limit or not serve them at all. I always see people at chinese buffets with the crab legs and crawfish piled up so high that there is nothing left for others to eat. I personally think it is rude and that even with my kids I give them a little because they can always go up for more...but that is me.
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@shakeroo (3990)
• Malaysia
4 Jan 08
Thanks for sharing your views on this!
@bonbon664 (3470)
• Canada
3 Jan 08
I think it is discriminatory. It says "all you can eat". They shouldn't assume just because someone weighs more, they're going to eat more. I hope they sue, and win a ton of money. Imagine how embarrassed they were when all this took place? I didn't realize that buffets were monitoring what people eat.
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@shakeroo (3990)
• Malaysia
4 Jan 08
I agree with you on this!