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(The Consumerist)   I'm sorry, since we don't charge a lot for this particular dish, you cannot take your leftovers home with you. Sincerely, the management   (consumerist.com) divider line 389
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2010-03-13 08:10:16 PM  
spleef420: DrunkArse: Yes. All of those

so I'm an idiot for wanting what the fark I paid for? good to know, farkhead.



You paid for a two dollar cheeseburger and fries that you can't take home. If you expect to take it home, yes, you are an idiot. You'll probably get your way, though.
 
2010-03-13 08:12:00 PM  
japles:
You know how I know you're gay?

Oh....wait...Never mind...Carry on. That's kind of hot.
/I hope you tip extra for the Happy Ending


Not gay, but if I was, it would have been with my hot former bisexual stripper neighbour. She's a former neighbour, not former bisexual ;) She even offered to share one of her boytoys once... I miss her.

/no Happy Ending
//yet
 
2010-03-13 08:14:41 PM  
Krantzstone:

I'd be tempted to stick the burger in my mouth and walk out, if only to see the look on their face. ;) It's technically not a doggie bag.


meh...I'd just make damned sure they couldn't possibly resell it (and you just know these cheap farks try to reuse uneaten french fries). cigarette butts put out in a glob of cheese, ashes all over the plate, a fat loogie hocked on the remaining burger, fries drowned in ketchup and A-1...and a four cent tip for the cocksucker that thought this policy was a good idea, except he's gotta spend that tip in the bar and can't take his change.
 
2010-03-13 08:14:44 PM  
MaritimeGirl:
Let me give you a different, yet fictional, example... let's say that you want to buy a specific car only available from the Auto Company but you know that the Auto Company only sells their cars in combos with a motorcycle for 50% more than the price that other companies sell single cars for. You only want the car, have zero use for the motorcycle but you're okay with paying the higher price. Would you tell Auto Company "You can keep the motorcycle." (which would allow them double profit since they can sell it "a second time" to the next customer) or take it anyway because you already paid for it and the company has already profited from it?


This is a poor analogy, but here goes..

I would take the motorcycle and sell it. I would not take it and throw it away, that is stupid. I definitely wouldn't blame the salesman if I knew he was under the constraints of the manager.

The fact that you felt the need to reiterate your poor decision monetarily penalize the waiter in lieu of making a complaint to someone who can actually change the situation you are now whining about is pretty funny. I mean what do you expect, that taking a buck away from the waiter w/o him even knowing is going to accomplish anything? Its like you are proud of your own stupidity.

Brandnewchair is correct, you know nothing about how restaurants operate. I know you believe that you've never been in a restaurant that had different prices for seniors or children, and I won't call you a liar, but it is far more likely that you simply didn't pay any attention at 90% of the restaurants you've visited.
 
2010-03-13 08:16:16 PM  
MaritimeGirl: japles:
You know how I know you're gay?

Oh....wait...Never mind...Carry on. That's kind of hot.
/I hope you tip extra for the Happy Ending

Not gay, but if I was, it would have been with my hot former bisexual stripper neighbour. She's a former neighbour, not former bisexual ;) She even offered to share one of her boytoys once... I miss her.

/no Happy Ending
//yet



Say "about" for me...
 
2010-03-13 08:16:54 PM  
Smackledorfer: I would take the motorcycle and sell it. I would not take it and throw it away, that is stupid. I definitely wouldn't blame the salesman if I knew he was under the constraints of the manager.

or...you buy the car/bike combo and the dealer tells you while you can have the car you can't take the bike home and they're just going to shred it and throw the parts in the dumpster.
 
2010-03-13 08:26:17 PM  
spleef420: no, no there isn't. anyone that thinks any of this bullshiat is logical needs to have their head checked. as was stated before, they're not coming in and ordering a truckload of cheeseburgers "to go", the guy wanted to take home what the restaurant was going to throw out anyways and what he'd paid for. The bar needs to revamp the policy. This is just unnecessary waste.

I may need my head checked, but you are stupid. You allow one you have to allow all.
 
2010-03-13 08:26:19 PM  
This policy is ludicrous. It promotes the wasting of food (a sin in my book with our resources dwindling) and overeating. If they don't want people taking advantage of them, then they should charge more or do like other restaurants: serve the worst bottom-of-the-freezer, under-cooked fare known to man.
 
2010-03-13 08:29:44 PM  
MaritimeGirl: japles:
You know how I know you're gay?

Oh....wait...Never mind...Carry on. That's kind of hot.
/I hope you tip extra for the Happy Ending

Not gay, but if I was, it would have been with my hot former bisexual stripper neighbour. She's a former neighbour, not former bisexual ;) She even offered to share one of her boytoys once... I miss her.

/no Happy Ending
//yet


I probably would have over indulged one day (maybe more) just to see what the hype was about. Surely an ex-stripper could teach me a few moves, right? If no one knew but she and I, then it basically never happened.


Say "about" for me...

No. And I don't know why you want us to, but it gives me the creeps whatever it is.
 
2010-03-13 08:30:50 PM  
DrunkArse: Oooookaaaay.... You're a kind person in general. Kudos.

Brass tax though, no rub down. How much did you tip on your $13 pizza and maybe a beverage. You were a little upset by the whole "no discount soup/salad" thing, upset enough to mention it.

Typically if you're not industry, over twenty is unusual. I'm not talking about people you have long term relationships with, like your masseuse or whatever.

I could be wrong, but given your initial post I'm guessing a buck on 15.


More than double that amount. I'm not in the industry, I'm a computer nerd and didn't even get a cost of living raise last year from my company :( We do get a "tip" of sorts from our company when we do something extremely well, out of the ordinary, and only given rarely a few times a year, we're given points which we can cash in for prizes after a few years of earning the points. And of course, we're taxed by the government on those "tip" prizes. I wish I could cash mine in for a cubicle I didn't have to share with a guy who thinks pretending a Slinky is his "slinky" is hilarious enough to interrupt a work-related conversation :) Yes, funny, but wait until the serious conversation is over first.

I mentioned it because it was my most recent restaurant experience plus the waiter seemed so confused by my request - instead of just writing down a random item on the slip, he repeatedly asked me what I wanted for the side, trying to convince me how good they were, as though he could not understand that it was irrelevant. If it had been suppertime instead of lunch, I likely would asked for and eaten the salad. Regardless of soup flavour, I wouldn't have touched it with a ten foot spoon as I get excruciating migraines from MSG (a neurotoxin) and prefer not to have to medicate myself with Aleve. That's too long of a story to get into in a restaurant with a complete stranger :) Perhaps it had never happened to him before and it threw him for a loop.
 
2010-03-13 08:38:37 PM  
spleef420: Smackledorfer: I would take the motorcycle and sell it. I would not take it and throw it away, that is stupid. I definitely wouldn't blame the salesman if I knew he was under the constraints of the manager.

or...you buy the car/bike combo and the dealer tells you while you can have the car you can't take the bike home and they're just going to shred it and throw the parts in the dumpster.



Or...you can go down the street to BK, pay around three or four bucks to buy a Whopper with fries, eat as little as you want, and do what you will with your leftover sammich.

The alternative is ordering a tasty malted beverage, be served in a relaxed atmosphere, eat a delicious hand made two dollar cheeseburger with fries, and not be a douchebag. It is a tremendous deal. The only qualifier is you can't take it with you.

Your call.
 
2010-03-13 08:42:51 PM  
Smackledorfer:
This is a poor analogy, but here goes..

I would take the motorcycle and sell it. I would not take it and throw it away, that is stupid. I definitely wouldn't blame the salesman if I knew he was under the constraints of the manager.

The fact that you felt the need to reiterate your poor decision monetarily penalize the waiter in lieu of making a complaint to someone who can actually change the situation you are now whining about is pretty funny. I mean what do you expect, that taking a buck away from the waiter w/o him even knowing is going to accomplish anything? Its like you are proud of your own stupidity.

Brandnewchair is correct, you know nothing about how restaurants operate. I know you believe that you've never been in a restaurant that had different prices for seniors or children, and I won't call you a liar, but it is far more likely that you simply didn't pay any attention at 90% of the restaurants you've visited.


How was I taking a dollar away from the waiter? Go back and read what I wrote. He didn't have to make an extra effort so he didn't get an extraordinary tip. I did not penalize him in any way.

I never stated that I have never been in a restaurant with different prices for children or seniors. What I stated was that I have never been in a restaurant where they enforced age restrictions when people attempted to order from those sections of the menu and that those meals are smaller portioned for the cheaper prices. I'm certain they exist elsewhere and perhaps here at places I've never patronized - don't worry, I believe you - it's just that I have never witnessed it where I live. I've eaten with young coworkers before who ordered from the seniors' menu and the waitress didn't bat an eyelash at their requests. That's a huge difference, but I can restrain myself from calling you stupid and a liar.
 
2010-03-13 08:43:10 PM  
DrunkArse: spleef420: Smackledorfer: I would take the motorcycle and sell it. I would not take it and throw it away, that is stupid. I definitely wouldn't blame the salesman if I knew he was under the constraints of the manager.

or...you buy the car/bike combo and the dealer tells you while you can have the car you can't take the bike home and they're just going to shred it and throw the parts in the dumpster.


Or...you can go down the street to BK, pay around three or four bucks to buy a Whopper with fries, eat as little as you want, and do what you will with your leftover sammich.

The alternative is ordering a tasty malted beverage, be served in a relaxed atmosphere, eat a delicious hand made two dollar cheeseburger with fries, and not be a douchebag. It is a tremendous deal. The only qualifier is you can't take it with you.

Your call.


Hey Mister! You take that logic and march right on out the door! It's much better to feign outrage over paying a quarter of the normal price and then getting upset that you can't ignore a stated policy.
 
2010-03-13 08:51:28 PM  
tobey: I dunno, the guy sounds pretty attached to the burger. Odds are he would've taken it into the movie with him.

It was one tasty burger

media.skateboard.com.au
 
2010-03-13 08:55:13 PM  
japles:
I probably would have over indulged one day (maybe more) just to see what the hype was about. Surely an ex-stripper could teach me a few moves, right? If no one knew but she and I, then it basically never happened.


Say "about" for me...

No. And I don't know why you want us to, but it gives me the creeps whatever it is.


Over-indulged howso? Financially or alcoholically? I never found myself alone with her while drinking (it was always a group drunk) so I'm not quite sure what would have happened. I'm very loyal to my current "country" but with enough alcohol, it is possible I could have been convinced to become a temporary traitor.

Is that from HIMYM? I don't have the typical accent and I also don't say "eh" but I do always spell things with the optional U. Once, in Atlantic City a decade ago, a storekeeper asked where we were from, first guessing Montana. He was surprised when we told him Canada. Do people in Montana say aboot?
 
2010-03-13 08:55:43 PM  
japles:


Say "about" for me...

No. And I don't know why you want us to, but it gives me the creeps whatever it is.



You're from Indiana, no one cares about your "about".
 
2010-03-13 08:58:19 PM  
MaritimeGirl: japles:
I probably would have over indulged one day (maybe more) just to see what the hype was about. Surely an ex-stripper could teach me a few moves, right? If no one knew but she and I, then it basically never happened.


Say "about" for me...

No. And I don't know why you want us to, but it gives me the creeps whatever it is.

Over-indulged howso? Financially or alcoholically? I never found myself alone with her while drinking (it was always a group drunk) so I'm not quite sure what would have happened. I'm very loyal to my current "country" but with enough alcohol, it is possible I could have been convinced to become a temporary traitor.

Is that from HIMYM? I don't have the typical accent and I also don't say "eh" but I do always spell things with the optional U. Once, in Atlantic City a decade ago, a storekeeper asked where we were from, first guessing Montana. He was surprised when we told him Canada. Do people in Montana say aboot?



It's frustrating that I can't kiss you to shut you up.
 
2010-03-13 09:18:58 PM  
huh
 
2010-03-13 09:30:14 PM  
when i worked as a cashier one summer at a burger joint...
firefighters and cops got an automatic 15% discount
seniors had to ask for the 15% discount (they never forgot)
 
2010-03-13 09:41:07 PM  
spleef420: Smackledorfer: I would take the motorcycle and sell it. I would not take it and throw it away, that is stupid. I definitely wouldn't blame the salesman if I knew he was under the constraints of the manager.

or...you buy the car/bike combo and the dealer tells you while you can have the car you can't take the bike home and they're just going to shred it and throw the parts in the dumpster.


Now you are making the analogy even worse.

How about this? I walk onto the dealership, I find that the offer isn't one I want to take them up on, and I walk off of my own free will instead of entering into a business deal I don't like?
 
2010-03-13 09:49:43 PM  
Bagelox-99: Ok. So playing Cheezburger Cop is not tacky, and does not lower the value of the restaurant's brand. Rrrrrighty-o.



If a customer is demanding doggie bags for $2 worth of food, he is the one being tacky. Most customers have too much self-respect to create conflict over something like this.

I'm sorry you don't have enough class to realize the difference.


Hey, I know people in the biz.


I bow to your authority.

What makes the difference is usually a) petty theft - kitchen dudes carrying out raw steaks in their pants, barkeeps messing with the night's cashout and such shiat (a certain amount of which is always going to happen, especially in bigger cities), and even MORE important, b) not watching the overhead. Stuff like leaving huge piles of paper napkins on tables for mom to bathe the baby in.


Sounds like your anecdotal grasp of the business is excellent! Too bad you don't know anything about what a restaurant's balance sheet looks like.

BTW napkins are not "overhead." Overhead refers to things such as rent or utilities, items that are more or less fixed and do not go up and down with sales. Thanks for playing.

---

God, everyone is a know-it-all when it comes to restaurants. When you open your own chain that is as successful as M&S, THEN you may speak. Otherwise please go back to the peanut gallery. You can get a doggie bag for the peanuts FWIT.
 
2010-03-13 10:00:54 PM  
MaritimeGirl:
How was I taking a dollar away from the waiter? Go back and read what I wrote. He didn't have to make an extra effort so he didn't get an extraordinary tip. I did not penalize him in any way.

I never stated that I have never been in a restaurant with different prices for children or seniors. What I stated was that I have never been in a restaurant where they enforced age restrictions when people attempted to order from those sections of the menu and that those meals are smaller portioned for the cheaper prices. I'm certain they exist elsewhere and perhaps here at places I've never patronized - don't worry, I believe you - it's just that I have never witnessed it where I live. I've eaten with young coworkers before who ordered from the seniors' menu and the waitress didn't bat an eyelash at their requests. That's a huge difference, but I can restrain myself from calling you stupid and a liar.


MaritimeGirl: . He still got a reasonable tip, but he would have gotten an even bigger tip if he'd been allowed to even take $1 off the $13 and not brought the soup to go to waste.

Guess it depends on how you interpret this. Since you have since clarified that you tip between 15 and 20 percent and claimed to have given 20% that does change things. Either poor explanation on your part or you felt like tweaking your story midway...


as for your other newly re-clarified bit, here is what you originally said.

MaritimeGirl:
Maybe it's a regional thing but I've never been at restaurants where there's an age restriction on certain menu items - senior meals can be ordered by kids, kids meals by adults, adult meals by kids, etc. because the meals are priced for the amount of food, not for giving the customer a deal based on their age. The only time I've ever ordered from a children's menu was at Quizno's because the Cheesy Cheese sub isn't listed on the adult menu as an option.


You said it right there, that you've never been in a restaurant where there is a meal at price X for a senior/youth and that said meal for price X is not available for someone of a different age.

It is common practice for meals to be offered at a lower profit margin for seniors and children. If you aren't aware of this it is because you probably don't have kids and don't ask about senior pricing. It is hard to believe you have never run across this, considering how you go out to enough restaurants that you "often" go to restaurants where you can't find a single thing you like on the menu, but at the same time apparently have very little experience dining out.


I'm gonna throw down occam's razor on this one and say you are just bs-ing your way through this thread.
 
2010-03-13 10:05:30 PM  
Smackledorfer: MaritimeGirl:
How was I taking a dollar away from the waiter? Go back and read what I wrote. He didn't have to make an extra effort so he didn't get an extraordinary tip. I did not penalize him in any way.

I never stated that I have never been in a restaurant with different prices for children or seniors. What I stated was that I have never been in a restaurant where they enforced age restrictions when people attempted to order from those sections of the menu and that those meals are smaller portioned for the cheaper prices. I'm certain they exist elsewhere and perhaps here at places I've never patronized - don't worry, I believe you - it's just that I have never witnessed it where I live. I've eaten with young coworkers before who ordered from the seniors' menu and the waitress didn't bat an eyelash at their requests. That's a huge difference, but I can restrain myself from calling you stupid and a liar.


MaritimeGirl: . He still got a reasonable tip, but he would have gotten an even bigger tip if he'd been allowed to even take $1 off the $13 and not brought the soup to go to waste.

Guess it depends on how you interpret this. Since you have since clarified that you tip between 15 and 20 percent and claimed to have given 20% that does change things. Either poor explanation on your part or you felt like tweaking your story midway...


as for your other newly re-clarified bit, here is what you originally said.

MaritimeGirl:
Maybe it's a regional thing but I've never been at restaurants where there's an age restriction on certain menu items - senior meals can be ordered by kids, kids meals by adults, adult meals by kids, etc. because the meals are priced for the amount of food, not for giving the customer a deal based on their age. The only time I've ever ordered from a children's menu was at Quizno's because the Cheesy Cheese sub isn't listed on the adult menu as an option.


You said it right there, that you've never been in a restaurant where there is a meal at price X for a senior/youth and that said meal for price X is not available for someone of a different age.

It is common practice for meals to be offered at a lower profit margin for seniors and children. If you aren't aware of this it is because you probably don't have kids and don't ask about senior pricing. It is hard to believe you have never run across this, considering how you go out to enough restaurants that you "often" go to restaurants where you can't find a single thing you like on the menu, but at the same time apparently have very little experience dining out.


I'm gonna throw down occam's razor on this one and say you are just bs-ing your way through this thread.


if you remember, she said that she was dragged to the restaurant by a group... I'm willing to bet someone else in the group made sure that the waiter got the 20% tip... while she made sure to complain the whole meal about her non-discounted soup and pizza.
 
2010-03-13 10:10:31 PM  
DrunkArse: MaritimeGirl: japles:
I probably would have over indulged one day (maybe more) just to see what the hype was about. Surely an ex-stripper could teach me a few moves, right? If no one knew but she and I, then it basically never happened.


Say "about" for me...

No. And I don't know why you want us to, but it gives me the creeps whatever it is.

Over-indulged howso? Financially or alcoholically? I never found myself alone with her while drinking (it was always a group drunk) so I'm not quite sure what would have happened. I'm very loyal to my current "country" but with enough alcohol, it is possible I could have been convinced to become a temporary traitor.

Is that from HIMYM? I don't have the typical accent and I also don't say "eh" but I do always spell things with the optional U. Once, in Atlantic City a decade ago, a storekeeper asked where we were from, first guessing Montana. He was surprised when we told him Canada. Do people in Montana say aboot?


It's frustrating that I can't kiss you to shut you up.


Since it is obvious you have access to the interwebs, might I suggest you go visit some free porn so you won't be quite so farking freaky to the chicks here?
 
2010-03-13 10:37:18 PM  
MaritimeGirl: japles:
I probably would have over indulged one day (maybe more) just to see what the hype was about. Surely an ex-stripper could teach me a few moves, right? If no one knew but she and I, then it basically never happened.


Say "about" for me...

No. And I don't know why you want us to, but it gives me the creeps whatever it is.

Over-indulged howso? Financially or alcoholically? I never found myself alone with her while drinking (it was always a group drunk) so I'm not quite sure what would have happened. I'm very loyal to my current "country" but with enough alcohol, it is possible I could have been convinced to become a temporary traitor.

Is that from HIMYM? I don't have the typical accent and I also don't say "eh" but I do always spell things with the optional U. Once, in Atlantic City a decade ago, a storekeeper asked where we were from, first guessing Montana. He was surprised when we told him Canada. Do people in Montana say aboot?


Apparently being from Canada earns you a wicked scary fan club, sight unseen.
Good luck with that, eh?
 
2010-03-13 10:57:50 PM  
Smackledorfer: You're absolutely correct. I don't have children, so I would have no need to ask about children's meals and I'm not old enough to ask for senior pricing.

Yes, I've been to enough restaurants to run into a couple where there's nothing on the menu I'd risk ordering/consuming. Two that I can think of in my city. This isn't a problem unless I'm forced to go to those places for work and even then, for one place, I wasn't the only one at work who hated the entire menu so I doubt we'll ever end up choosing to go there again.

brandnewchair: The pizza/soup lunch was with a friend so I paid my own bill. Work lunches/dinners thankfully only happen once every 2-3 months.

japles: Oh come on, many 100% straight women have a personal "list" of celebrity women they'd make an exception for and sleep with if the opportunity presented itself, and that would be sober. Angelina Jolie used to be on a lot of those lists. Nowadays? Not so much.
 
2010-03-13 11:11:41 PM  
MaritimeGirl: Smackledorfer: You're absolutely correct. I don't have children, so I would have no need to ask about children's meals and I'm not old enough to ask for senior pricing.

Yes, I've been to enough restaurants to run into a couple where there's nothing on the menu I'd risk ordering/consuming. Two that I can think of in my city. This isn't a problem unless I'm forced to go to those places for work and even then, for one place, I wasn't the only one at work who hated the entire menu so I doubt we'll ever end up choosing to go there again.

brandnewchair: The pizza/soup lunch was with a friend so I paid my own bill. Work lunches/dinners thankfully only happen once every 2-3 months.

japles: Oh come on, many 100% straight women have a personal "list" of celebrity women they'd make an exception for and sleep with if the opportunity presented itself, and that would be sober. Angelina Jolie used to be on a lot of those lists. Nowadays? Not so much.


I never said nothin' about nothin'. Now you have me thinking, though, of the best female conquest....Charlize Theron seems kind of hot, yet still womanly. That suck face scene with her and Ricci outside the skating rink was intense. My back up would be Amy Winehouse. If she wasn't all that, I would lock her in the bathroom, then steal her drugs and money...then run off with someone else to have a grand ol' time.
 
2010-03-13 11:43:13 PM  
brandnewchair: if you remember, she said that she was dragged to the restaurant by a group... I'm willing to bet someone else in the group made sure that the waiter got the 20% tip... while she made sure to complain the whole meal about her non-discounted soup and pizza.

I'm still curious what restaurant serves a 13 dollar pizza/soup combo with a 6" pizza.

MaritimeGirl: Smackledorfer: You're absolutely correct. I don't have children, so I would have no need to ask about children's meals and I'm not old enough to ask for senior pricing.

Yes, I've been to enough restaurants to run into a couple where there's nothing on the menu I'd risk ordering/consuming. Two that I can think of in my city. This isn't a problem unless I'm forced to go to those places for work and even then, for one place, I wasn't the only one at work who hated the entire menu so I doubt we'll ever end up choosing to go there again.


words don't seem to mean what you think they mean. You used the term "often" and your specific example was a fairly fancy place that you went to just yesterday. Now you say that you've been to a good amount of restaurants (well duh, we all have) and that you've run into a "couple" where there is nothing you would even "risk" consuming.

Either I'm completely misreading what you are typing, or you are extremely unclear about things. For what job exactly is one forced to go out to eat at a significant number of places where the food is not fit for human consumption - not to be confused with food you simply don't enjoy due to being picky. Bear in mind you've admitted you eat at quiznos. Now, I've eaten there too, and hell I'll admit to eating at taco bell, but if I had concerns about the risk of consuming food prepared by others I wouldn't eat at quiznos or any other low end restaurant.

Finally, if you admit that you don't check for senior pricing and never look at kids menus, why did you even bother making the claim that those special things aren't commonplace?

If someone says that there are lots of bugs under rocks, and you have never looked under a rock in your life, are you going to tell them that their bugs must be a regional thing?
 
2010-03-14 12:15:51 AM  
Easy solution:

Manger: Sir, you cannot take your burger and fries with you?
Me: Really?
Manager: Really. The burger and fries stay here.
Me: Ok.
 
2010-03-14 12:21:05 AM  
Smackledorfer:
I'm still curious what restaurant serves a 13 dollar pizza/soup combo with a 6" pizza.

words don't seem to mean what you think they mean. You used the term "often" and your specific example was a fairly fancy place that you went to just yesterday. Now you say that you've been to a good amount of restaurants (well duh, we all have) and that you've run into a "couple" where there is nothing you would even "risk" consuming.

Either I'm completely misreading what you are typing, or you are extremely unclear about things. For what job exactly is one forced to go out to eat at a significant number of places where the food is not fit for human consumption - not to be confused with food you simply don't enjoy due to being picky. Bear in mind you've admitted you eat at quiznos. Now, I've eaten there too, and hell I'll admit to eating at taco bell, but if I had concerns about the risk of consuming food prepared by others I wouldn't eat at quiznos or any other low end restaurant.

Finally, if you admit that you don't check for senior pricing and never look at kids menus, why did you even bother making the claim that those special things aren't commonplace?

If someone says that there are lots of bugs under rocks, and you have never looked under a rock in your life, are you going to tell them that their bugs must be a regional thing?


Here's the $13 pizza offering restaurant http://www.mcginnislanding.ca

The risk is not in food preparation. I'm not talking about food "not fit for human consumption." It's the ingredients I'm very careful about. As I posted earlier in this thread, MSG makes me sick and I try to avoid it at all costs. I'd rather not get into that conversation with every waiter at every restaurant so I tend to lean towards getting the plain/boring items on menus, especially if it's the first time dining at a place, as there is an extremely low chance of it being in those items. (Same goes for aspartame but that's really easy to avoid unless a mixed drink contains diet soda instead of regular, which would be quite unusual.)

It sucks, because, as a kid, I used to love ketchup chips but haven't touched them in years due to the monosodium glutamate :(
 
2010-03-14 12:37:39 AM  
MSG doesn't make you sick. You being a hypochondriac makes you sick.
Link (new window)

Good news though, if you don't trust real science when it tells you that MSG isn't making you sick, then you can probably trust psuedo-science to cure you! No link here, I'll let you google and pick the miracle cure of your choice.
 
2010-03-14 12:59:09 AM  
Smackledorfer: MSG doesn't make you sick. You being a hypochondriac makes you sick.
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Good news though, if you don't trust real science when it tells you that MSG isn't making you sick, then you can probably trust psuedo-science to cure you! No link here, I'll let you google and pick the miracle cure of your choice.


Thanks for saving me the trouble of pointing that out.
 
2010-03-14 01:25:10 AM  
Smackledorfer/Fano: Did you even read the link you posted?

"In short, the current evidence does not suggest that MSG is a significant contributor to asthma, urticaria, angio-oedema, or rhinitis," they concluded.

Here's another for you:
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/monosodium-glutamate/AN01251

However, researchers have found no definitive evidence of a link between MSG and these symptoms. Researchers acknowledge, though, that a small percentage of people may have short-term reactions to MSG. Symptoms are usually mild and don't require treatment. The only way to prevent a reaction is to avoid foods containing MSG.

Who knows, maybe it was PMS and I didn't put two and two together at the time I decided it was MSG, or maybe I have IBS, crohn's, colitis or something else but it doesn't bother me often enough to go to my doctor and have a colonoscopy. I'm not into that :)
 
2010-03-14 01:51:45 AM  
If the burgers were regularly priced, I would guess that this non-hungry guy would have taken a few bites of his girlfriend's burger rather than order his own meal.
 
2010-03-14 05:04:12 AM  
Cats_Lie: The problem with restaurants is that everybody thinks they know how to run one, simply because they've all eaten in one. Well, you don't. So please... stop.

Do not give M&S advice on how to price their menu. There is a whole science to that kind of thing.

Do not give them advice on how to market themselves. They are doing just fine.

Do not chide them for having slim profit margins when you know nothing about the industry.

And PLEASE stop giving legal advice and telling them this is illegal and they should be sued/go to jail for theft. No. You're an idiot.


You know, those sorts of people are the exact reason why customer-service oriented jobs make me want to tear my hair out. People are stupid, and never stop to consider that perhaps their views on any given topic are not the end-all-be-all, that there is information they lack, and that the low-wage employee is going to get their ass canned if management catches them "nicely" and directly violating policy.

I want to punch them in the teeth, so I find similarly stupid people on the Intarwebs and harass them, instead.

I can only think that if there are people that get irate over something stupid like this, they need to STFU and open their own shop. The one being argued over (don't remember the name, I've never actually seen one) will fail if enough people don't like their policies. Someone can always go somewhere else if they don't like the take-home policy, help another restaurant stay afloat.

It should be obvious that a restaurant's policies are not going to be something everyone likes, any more than the food. Really farking obvious. Sure, write the manager, let him or her know you're taking your money elsewhere, and why. Suing or going to the media makes you look like a retard that is unable to solve his own problems.
 
2010-03-14 05:36:56 AM  
Smackledorfer: brandnewchair: if you remember, she said that she was dragged to the restaurant by a group... I'm willing to bet someone else in the group made sure that the waiter got the 20% tip... while she made sure to complain the whole meal about her non-discounted soup and pizza.

I'm still curious what restaurant serves a 13 dollar pizza/soup combo with a 6" pizza.

MaritimeGirl: Smackledorfer: You're absolutely correct. I don't have children, so I would have no need to ask about children's meals and I'm not old enough to ask for senior pricing.

Yes, I've been to enough restaurants to run into a couple where there's nothing on the menu I'd risk ordering/consuming. Two that I can think of in my city. This isn't a problem unless I'm forced to go to those places for work and even then, for one place, I wasn't the only one at work who hated the entire menu so I doubt we'll ever end up choosing to go there again.

words don't seem to mean what you think they mean. You used the term "often" and your specific example was a fairly fancy place that you went to just yesterday. Now you say that you've been to a good amount of restaurants (well duh, we all have) and that you've run into a "couple" where there is nothing you would even "risk" consuming.

Either I'm completely misreading what you are typing, or you are extremely unclear about things. For what job exactly is one forced to go out to eat at a significant number of places where the food is not fit for human consumption - not to be confused with food you simply don't enjoy due to being picky. Bear in mind you've admitted you eat at quiznos. Now, I've eaten there too, and hell I'll admit to eating at taco bell, but if I had concerns about the risk of consuming food prepared by others I wouldn't eat at quiznos or any other low end restaurant.

Finally, if you admit that you don't check for senior pricing and never look at kids menus, why did you even bother making the claim that those special things aren't commonplace?

If someone says that there are lots of bugs under rocks, and you have never looked under a rock in your life, are you going to tell them that their bugs must be a regional thing?


[rambling]

While not directly on-topic, finding gluten-free (and/or casein free) food at restaurants is a huge pain in the ass, and often impossible. I avoid eating out whenever possible, and often just spend dinner drinking water or tea.

When there's a risk that a small nuclear war will erupt inside of your gut for weeks just for eating at a restaurant, the restaurant better as hell be worth it.

Food intolerances and allergies make going out to eat fairly risky for those who have them. I just live with not eating most processed food, reading the labels of the stuff I do get, and cooking awesome food at home.

I'm also not sure how MSG is supposed to mess with people. A lot of foods have free glutamate. Free glutamate IS "savory" flavor. Before pinpointing a problem with food, you need to be able to pinpoint. If you think you've got an allergy or an intolerance, either blood tests need to be done, or a full elimination diet needs to be performed to isolate the offending substance. You really have to be dead certain about it, because completely and unequivocally banning common foodstuffs and additives really crimps a social life.

Having nothing to do with anything, I was reading boxes at the grocery, and Stouffer's meatloaf has peanut oil listed as an ingredient, and not on the allergy warnings. I need to call them about that.

[/rambling]
 
2010-03-14 06:59:30 PM  
baddogg: It's been said a few time already. Bring a bag or box and quietly put it away and nobody should bother you, especially it you had a couple drinks. Remember, these are minimum wage employees that really don't care as it's less to carry to the back.

Minimum wage? Well, technically when I worked at a waiter I was paid $1.75/hr... Including tips I was pushing $20/hr on weekends and $15/hr normally. Hardly minimum wage.
 
2010-03-14 10:41:14 PM  
Smackledorfer: MSG doesn't make you sick. You being a hypochondriac makes you sick.
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Good news though, if you don't trust real science when it tells you that MSG isn't making you sick, then you can probably trust psuedo-science to cure you! No link here, I'll let you google and pick the miracle cure of your choice.


Hey thanks! I'll be sure to tell my mother, her doctor, and the immunologist that tested her that they're all full of shiat and she can't REALLY be allergic to MSG and the genuinely repeatable and measurable test results of her having a life threatening allergy to it must be all in her head!

All she needs to do is realise that she's just a hypochondriac and she'll never go into anaphylaxis again!
 
2010-03-15 11:34:54 AM  
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