Have you ever been charged double or banned for eating too much?

United States
January 3, 2008 7:40pm CST
Ok this is a fun one. It must be a slow news week because I found an article about a man and a relative in Louisiana who got banned from an Asian all you can eat buffet for being (politically correct version) "healthy eaters". They are regular customers who go to this place about 3 times a week and splurge on the buffets delicacies like crab and frog legs. Before they were banned they were charged double on two previous visits. Why wouldn't they just stop going there? I have never heard of this happening even though friends of mine joke that they should be kicked out of them for eating too much. Coincidentally, the man is over 6 ft tall and said he weighs about 277lbs, which really isn't that heavy. All you can eat buffets love me they charge me and I get full fast- see my name. Personally, this story is actually funny and I guess they are a private business but still they should advertise plate limits if they feel this way. Have you ever known anyone that this has happened too? Has it happened to you, would you have left, or stayed and raised hell. How do you guys feel?
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@anniepa (27847)
• United States
11 Jan 08
No, it's never happened to me but if it ever did I'd leave and never go back! I'm like you, I never go back for seconds and my first helpings aren't all that heaping. I've known people who it wouldn't surprise me if they did get asked to leave or charged extra but it IS all you can eat so I don't see how they really can say anything unless there's some kind of disclaimer posted somewhere. You know how it is these days, I can see someone suing for pain and suffering and asking for millions for defamation of character or public humiliation. Annie
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• United States
12 Jan 08
Exactly- I'd be suing if I did eat that much but I don't - could be a good get rich quick scheme if it worked.
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@anniepa (27847)
• United States
12 Jan 08
I'm surprised nobody's ever come up with a scheme like that. Get someone with a humongous appetite to go to an all you can eat buffet and REALLY take a lot, then make a big scene when told about it in the hopes of being really insulted and humiliated. Do it when there's a big crowd. Then, get a good lawyer and go for the big bucks! I can't do it because there's no way I could eat enough, but I know some people... Annie
@power926 (60)
• Canada
5 Jan 08
LOL, im pretty tall for my age but skinny, whenever i go to all you can eat buffets, i eat way more than my family for some reason ( guess i have a big stomach?). ive eaten in all diferent kinds of buffets but i NEVER got charged double, been kicked out, or even had any problems with the employees. maybe in canada, people's hearts r 2 sizes larger? :D
• United States
5 Jan 08
Could be? Most Canadians are very nice, especially in the restaurant business there as a general rule especially in tourist areas. I eat a good amount too for my size but my family says I eat a ton- oh well. Maybe they should worry about skinny people more? Thanks for responding
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• United States
4 Jan 08
This actually happens a lot these days. Almost every buffet in the area I live in ha changed their signs from ALL YOU CAN EAT to ALL YOU CARE TO EAT. However I have always felt that if you are posting a sign saying someone is allowed to eat all the food they can for $8.95 then you should be prepared for the people who can eat their weight in crab legs. I think the restaurant owners overreact to people like this. There are people like me and you who get full on the salad bar and never touch the other stuff, our lack of eating more than compensates for the four or five people like the couple in your discussion who come through there a day. But seriously the first time the guy changed me double because of what I was eating I never would have gone back and I would have made a huge scene upon leaving that time. I would have walked over to other peoples tables and told them to limit their crab leg intake to a dozen because boss man had a counter on everyone and if you went over your limit you were going to get charged more. He would have lost more than my business that day, I assure you.
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• United States
4 Jan 08
Somehow I don't doubt in Cyn. LOL That's a great idea with the crab legs. See how much sense we make? Now if only the rest of the world could take a lesson...:) Thanks hun for the comment
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@bellaofchaos (11547)
• United States
4 Jan 08
oh my now I have heard it all. I have never in all my times of going to a buffet seen or heard of any of this the double charging and being band. Wow I guess they should have posted how much one person is allowed to have and what is considered all you can eat. If this would have happened to me or any one I was with I think I would have threaten to sue them and probably have my lawyer come out just for the fun of frustrating the owner ... Ok seriously I would say my peace at the time and never go back ... I feel that they restraunt should refund the customer for one meal and then make the proper posting .. You shouldn't say all you can eat if it's really not all you can eat.
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• United States
4 Jan 08
Exactly- I wouldn't go back either, I would get on the phone with a lawyer as you said. They had nothing posted at least it wasn't written in the article so I'm assuming that there was no limit set. They weren't refunding anything either- their customer service was sorely lacking. You would think that after the first time being charged double they would have stayed away. Sheesh- Thanks Bella!
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@CatNPK (461)
• United States
4 Jan 08
I have never heard of anyone being charged double or kicked out of any "all you can eat" buffet before. Several buffets I have seen do print a (usually hard to find) notice of some limit of food - like, don't arrive when we open and stay and eat until we close. I can't imagine how much food anyone has to eat before this happens, because all the buffets I have gone to in my life sure filled me up to no end before I was done. And I can eat quite a bit when I want to, so - do you have any information on how much this couple ate? If I found the same story you did, the Asian restaurant in question denies the claim that the man (6 foot 3 inches, 265 pounds - this is very heavy in my book) and his relative were banned from the restaurant.
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• United States
4 Jan 08
Sounds like the same article but the one I read didn't give his exact weight. This is pretty heavy but guys are built differently too. The article just said they indulged too much on the crab legs and such, more expensive items- I couldn't post the link need 500 responses to do that. But regardless, they should have posted some limits instead of being all you can eat.
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• United States
4 Jan 08
Sorry thanks for the comment
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• United States
11 Jan 08
I could see if that person bought one buffet meal and then shared it with another patron, but if you can sit down and eat 9 plates of food, more power to you, especially if it's Oriental food. The amount of salt and MSG in that food would cause any normal person to bloat up like a whale from water retention after eating that much food. I know our local Chinese restaurant doesn't mind if you eat plate after plate after plate of food, but they do watch to make sure you didn't buy one meal and are splitting it with a friend at the same table. If you buy takeout, the box has to close properly or it's $3 more.
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• United States
12 Jan 08
I agree with that too- the Chinese buffets around my house are like that too and it is posted but I'm not sure in the case in the article it was posted..Thanks for responding
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@shinjiao (1463)
• China
4 Jan 08
HI,chick!I have heard the similar stroy and I have encountered somebody who did the same thing in a buffet. I have never done it.I think being banned for eating too much is a humiliation.But I have met some people they all believed they should eat as much as possible in buffet for they spent money on all the dishes and if they ate less,they thought they were wasting the money.
• United States
4 Jan 08
But how much can one person really eat to get their money's worth. I'm usually stuffed after a couple of plates. Here, buffets usually are not very expensive so a couple of plates should be plenty to get your money's worth right? Thanks for the comment
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@subha12 (18449)
• India
4 Jan 08
I have already answered to a discussion on this topic, I think the restaurent should not have offered buffet them. Anybody who takes Buffet can take whatever amount they want. Most of the people gorge on expensive items at buffet. It is just humilitaion.
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• United States
4 Jan 08
Exactly- thanks.
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@lecanis (16661)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
4 Jan 08
Hmmm, you know me. I would have told them very politely that their policy was misleading and it was not appropriate to decide after the fact that certain diners were not as welcome to the buffet as others. I would have gone on to say that it would only be fair for me to warn the other diners of this duplicitous policy, and proceeded to go around to each table and do so. Not to mention telling all my friends the same thing. :) I haven't ever had this happen to me, nor have I seen it done in front of me or known anyone who claimed this had happened to them. I think I would actually enjoy the drama, personally, it would be kind of fun! :P
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• United States
4 Jan 08
Sometimes we all need a little drama so I think it would be kind of fun too. Maybe it's all just a part of being a freak! :) Thanks for the comment.
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• United States
4 Jan 08
I've never been double charged before or kicked out. I get full pretty quick so I usually never even eat what it's worth anyway. Like you said if they want to put a limit to how much someone can eat off their buffet then they need to post it. All you can eat buffet's are ALL you can eat and some people can eat a lot more than other's can. LOL
• United States
4 Jan 08
Amen sister! Thanks for responding!
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• Vatican City State (Holy See)
4 Jan 08
time for a response for f*ck sake! i have charged double for obvious reasons.
• United States
4 Jan 08
You should charge triple with your devastatingly good looks and shining personality! Thanks for the response.
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