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'Hearty Eaters' Say Buffet Banned Them
Breitbart ^ | 2 Jan 08 | None

Posted on 01/02/2008 3:57:01 PM PST by SkyPilot

HOUMA, La. (AP) - A 6-foot-3, 265-pound man says a restaurant overcharged him for his trips to the buffet line, then banned him and a relative because they're hearty eaters. A spokesman for the restaurant denies the claim.

Ricky Labit, a disabled offshore worker, said he had been a regular for eight months at the Manchuria Restaurant in Houma, eating there as often as three times a week.

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.

"She says, 'Y'all fat, and y'all eat too much,'" Labit said.

Labit and Borrelli said they felt discriminated against because of their size. "I was stunned, that somebody would say something like that. I ain't that fat, I only weigh 277," Borrelli said, adding that a waitress told him he looked like he a had a "baby in the belly."

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.

"We have a lot of big people there," said Campo, who spoke for owner Li Shang, whose English is limited. "We don't discriminate."

Labit denied ever being told he would be asked to pay more than the standard adult price.

The argument grew heated, and police were called.

The police report states, "The incident was settled when the management advised that the bill was a mistake and, to appease Ricky, the meal was complimentary."

Labit said he insisted on paying but was told not to come back. He complained that when seafood on the buffet line runs out, the restaurant only grudgingly cooks more.

Campo said the proprietress tries to reduce waste of quality food, he said.

"Food is for eating, not toys for your child," reads a sign posted on a wall in typewritten text. A handwritten addition reads "Or 20% added."


TOPICS: Food; Local News
KEYWORDS: allyoucaneat; buffet; obese; obesity
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"The sign said 'All You Can Eat'."

1 posted on 01/02/2008 3:57:03 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot
"..eating there as often as three times a week."

No wonder he "only" weighs 277 lbs.

2 posted on 01/02/2008 4:00:29 PM PST by joebuck
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To: SkyPilot

For a minute, I thought it said the eater in question was a 3,265 pound man. THAT got my attention.


3 posted on 01/02/2008 4:01:39 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (You can't be serious about national security unless you're serious about border security)
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To: SkyPilot
I ain't that fat, I only weigh 277," Borrelli said, adding that a waitress told him he looked like he a had a "baby in the belly."


4 posted on 01/02/2008 4:01:55 PM PST by OCC
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To: joebuck
Fat Boys - All you can eat
5 posted on 01/02/2008 4:02:01 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

http://www.starterupsteve.com/swf/chowmein.html


6 posted on 01/02/2008 4:02:40 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (just b/c your paranoid, doesn't mean they're NOT out to get you....Run, FRed, Run. :^)
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To: joebuck

The cops were called and nobody got tazed?

What’s the world coming to?


7 posted on 01/02/2008 4:04:05 PM PST by PalmettoMason (Ted Kennedy is "one of the most principled men I've ever met." Lindsay Graham)
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To: SkyPilot
LOL!...enjoy. :D
8 posted on 01/02/2008 4:04:45 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (just b/c your paranoid, doesn't mean they're NOT out to get you....Run, FRed, Run. :^)
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To: SkyPilot

We had an “All-You-Can-Eat” thread here about 3 years ago. It was the funniest FR thread I ever saw.


9 posted on 01/02/2008 4:04:50 PM PST by Crawdad (I cried because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no class.)
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To: SkyPilot

“Hearty eaters” must be AP speak for “overeaters.”


10 posted on 01/02/2008 4:05:20 PM PST by jdm
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To: skinkinthegrass
HA! Good video.

I was in Korea eating once when I heard a dog howling like hell outside in the alley.

Everyone just went about their business - and I had to run out of the place.

It really disturbed me.

11 posted on 01/02/2008 4:05:35 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot
Sorry, I have to side with the restaurant owner here.

I'm no skinny guy myself and tend to eat big at these type of places, but I don't go that often. When I do, though, I take what I can eat and I eat what I take.

I've seen slobbish behavior by a lot of patrons who load up, cherry-pick the expensive stuff and waste more than even I eat. The result is that reasonably well-mannered patrons end up subsidizing the slobs.

If the restaurants cannot exclude the worst abusers, they either must raise prices, discouraging patrons who eat modestly, or go out of business.

Now if hospitals could only do the same thing to those who pull into ERs for minor ailments with no insurance, no intention to meet even a modest copay and who aren't even in the country legally.

12 posted on 01/02/2008 4:06:44 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: SkyPilot
who spoke for owner Li Shang,

"That all you can eat...you go now!"

13 posted on 01/02/2008 4:06:47 PM PST by eddie willers
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To: OCC
The other - other white meat.
14 posted on 01/02/2008 4:07:05 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: joebuck
No wonder he "only" weighs 277 lbs.

And he weighed 265 lbs. when he walked in.

15 posted on 01/02/2008 4:09:19 PM PST by Doomonyou (Let them eat lead.)
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To: SkyPilot
'Hearty Eaters' Say Buffet Banned Them


16 posted on 01/02/2008 4:11:09 PM PST by SIDENET (Hubba Hubba...)
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To: Vigilanteman
You're right about that - they cannot randomly charge people one rate, and charge someone else who eats more another rate if they advertise one flat rate for all.

When I worked in Washington DC, the upscale cafeterias in Crystal City or Georgetown charged by the pound - for everything: salad, chinese, pasta, ice cream, etc.

I did eat at a Chinese "All You Can Eat" place in Fort Walton Beach FL.

They served a huge assortment - Chinese, Dim Sum, Sea Food, American food, desserts, etc.

The only thing they charged extra for was the sushi.

But - I saw a TON of wasted food there.

It really was a crime.

17 posted on 01/02/2008 4:11:50 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

“You go home now fat boy. You been here 4 houra!”


18 posted on 01/02/2008 4:14:18 PM PST by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: SkyPilot

"No buffet for you!"


19 posted on 01/02/2008 4:19:43 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Great spirits will always encounter violent opposition from mediocre minds.)
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To: Vigilanteman
Sorry, I have to side with the restaurant owner here.

Not me...

I'm no skinny guy myself and tend to eat big at these type of places, but I don't go that often. When I do, though, I take what I can eat and I eat what I take.

As do I, although I'll often try something new, and take a small amount: If I don't like it, I won't force myself to eat it.

If the restaurants cannot exclude the worst abusers, they either must raise prices, discouraging patrons who eat modestly, or go out of business.

Then these people should have been told before beginning their meal that they weren't welcome, or that they would be charged more for their meal.

I'm 100% in favor of a private company being able to refuse service to anyone: However, they MUST inform the "guests" first, and give them the option of complying with the different rules, or leaving.

Mark

20 posted on 01/02/2008 4:21:03 PM PST by MarkL
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To: SkyPilot
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.

I've encountered these sort of uncouth slobs at buffets before. Last time I was at my local seafood buffet, I saw a guy take most of the newly replaced crawfish, leaving only four or five for all the other diners. It was amazing he was able to balance that many on a single plate.

Yeah, I know crawdads aren't expensive, but it's still very rude to take most of a single buffet item.
21 posted on 01/02/2008 4:24:34 PM PST by Welsh Rabbit
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To: SkyPilot

From the thread from 2006,

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1627496/posts

I used to work in a buffet restaurant when I was in high school. One family would come in every Saturday afternoon, stuff themselves to the gills, then fall asleep at the table. After about a half hour or so, they would wake up and start all over.


22 posted on 01/02/2008 4:30:53 PM PST by Crawdad (I cried because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no class.)
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To: SkyPilot
"Pillage!!!!"

23 posted on 01/02/2008 4:31:11 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: Welsh Rabbit

It’s the me generation.
Who cares about anyone else?
I see that type of behavior all over.


24 posted on 01/02/2008 4:31:46 PM PST by smoketree (the insanity, the lunacy these days.)
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To: SkyPilot
Ricky Labit, a disabled offshore worker,

There are only 3 job catagories in Houma:

1. Oilfield Workers
2. Shrimpers
3. Lawyers

25 posted on 01/02/2008 4:32:04 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Vigilanteman

I have to say that I mostly agree with you. My mother always told me to take all I want but to eat all I take.

I go to an all you can eat buffet about once every year. There is always someone in there who eats enormous quantities of food. I am sure that these places take these eaters into account as a cost of doing business. I also always see others who eat only a very small amount. Then there are folks like me who eat a reasonable amount and are moderately pudgy. Either way, it costs the same.

To me, “all you can eat” means just that!

Bon appetit!


26 posted on 01/02/2008 4:34:06 PM PST by ReluctantDragon
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To: SkyPilot

Win. Fat Boys-RIP Buff

A dear friend and I were in one of those country buffet places a few months back and some lols ensued. There were four (4) forty something ladies sitting at the table across from us chowing down like no tommorrow. So they go up to the buffet and each come back with like 2-3 plates each that are STACKED with fried chicken. My friend looks over at me like WTF? So one of the ladies gets up and starts stretching her arms out (so nobody can see what is going on) and the other three all open up these tote bags and dump all the chicken into it! Then they all scurried out the door before anyone (besides us) noticed. So we go back up to the buffet and they had snatched ALL of the chicken, wings, burgers, EVERYTHING! The tray of hush puppies was completely gone (metal tray and all).

Lol true story.


27 posted on 01/02/2008 4:36:24 PM PST by happinesswithoutpeace (You are receiving this broadcast as a dream)
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To: happinesswithoutpeace

Incredible. Don’t those places have a no doggy-bag policy? If so, then the behavior you observed is probably theft.


28 posted on 01/02/2008 4:38:39 PM PST by ReluctantDragon
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To: ReluctantDragon

I really don’t know.


29 posted on 01/02/2008 4:40:04 PM PST by happinesswithoutpeace (You are receiving this broadcast as a dream)
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To: SkyPilot

LOL!


30 posted on 01/02/2008 4:51:17 PM PST by fanfan ("We don't start fights my friends, but we finish them, and never leave until our work is done."PMSH)
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To: SkyPilot

In most cases you’d be right, but there are a number of us in this development, and we all want to keep the tree cutting along the roads to a minimum, to keep that woodsy atmosphere.

The county wanted to take over the roads, but they require the trees to be cut back to a total width of 60 feet, and we are at about 25 to 30, so we’re keeping it the way it is, maintaining it ourselves.

I have a road grader and I do cut the trees that lean over in heavy snow, and trim branches so they don’t hit the grader cab too much. All in all, the problem of the trees, and admittedly it is a problem, is worth the trade off.


31 posted on 01/02/2008 5:00:08 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: SkyPilot

Never mind, I miss-posted.


32 posted on 01/02/2008 5:02:16 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: Balding_Eagle

Dog gone grader just took off on its own!


33 posted on 01/02/2008 5:12:52 PM PST by jwh_Denver (Scrooge, my kind of guy.)
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To: SkyPilot

It was the fried fish and shrimp at the 'All You Can Eat' Buffet that was my downfall!

34 posted on 01/02/2008 5:26:53 PM PST by yorkie
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To: PalmettoMason

Cops get there and taze a bunch of folks to get to the buffet.


35 posted on 01/02/2008 5:43:11 PM PST by Secret Agent Man
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To: SkyPilot
Area Man Confounded by Buffet Procedure.


36 posted on 01/02/2008 5:49:45 PM PST by SamAdams76 (I am 35 days away from outliving Nicolette Larson)
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To: Cagey
Where's Tony?

"No more fu you! You go now!"

37 posted on 01/02/2008 5:50:34 PM PST by MotleyGirl70 (Dear GOP, Conservatism works every time itís tried. Sincerely, MotleyGirl70~~~Go Packers!~~~)
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To: SkyPilot

A Chinese Buffet restaurant nearby has all-you-can-eat, but charges an extra $5 if you want crab legs, shrimp and scallops. They have a big sign warning people to only take what they will eat or they will discontinue the seafood in the future. Before they implemented the extra charge, there was a lot more waste.


38 posted on 01/02/2008 5:54:11 PM PST by toothfairy86
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To: happinesswithoutpeace

And when we get stuck with HillaryCare, we are going to wind up paying their medical bills. That’s no laughing matter.


39 posted on 01/02/2008 5:55:11 PM PST by dfwgator (11+7+15=3 Heismans)
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To: Vigilanteman
Sorry, I have to side with the restaurant owner here.

Bull. If you serve an all you can eat buffet you are taking your chances and frankly most people don't even consume a fraction of what their all you can eat tab costs at the outset. What he did is false advertising.

40 posted on 01/02/2008 6:05:34 PM PST by ShadowDancer ("To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.")
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To: skinkinthegrass

The first big time all-you-can-eat buffet hereabouts was a Sweden House. They did a good trade for a couple of years. Then I started seeing the same scene every time I passed the place, a long line outside the door of Eaters, all of them very obese. Sweden House closed a little while later. Now there are a number of buffet steakhouses, Chinese restaurants and buffet rib joints. Earthquake McGoon and his kin now spread out around the town and can be accommodated, One Chinese did ban a family recently because they came in often and only ate one bite of each course then went back for fresh full plates of which they only ate one bite per course then went for thirds. They were told they have to eat what they get or not to go back for seconds. When they persisted they were banned.


41 posted on 01/02/2008 6:31:29 PM PST by arthurus (Better to fight them OVER THERE than to have to fight them OVER HERE!)
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To: Crawdad

They probably only eat once a week.


42 posted on 01/02/2008 6:36:15 PM PST by arthurus (Better to fight them OVER THERE than to have to fight them OVER HERE!)
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To: SamAdams76
Oh my gosh Sam!?

LOL!

Where did you find that story? (post #36)

I thought that picture was a joke until I clicked the link.

HAHHAHAHAHAAHA

43 posted on 01/02/2008 6:49:36 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: TexasCajun

4. Hookers


44 posted on 01/02/2008 11:40:34 PM PST by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: SkyPilot
I thought that picture was a joke until I clicked the link.

It is a joke, it's from "The Onion".

45 posted on 01/03/2008 1:46:59 AM PST by Graybeard58 ( Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: Graybeard58; SamAdams76
Oh gee - duh.

Still hilarious though.

46 posted on 01/03/2008 3:06:32 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: MotleyGirl70; SkyPilot

http://www.emusic.com/samples/m3u/song/10976909/14691941.m3u


47 posted on 01/03/2008 4:29:24 AM PST by Cagey
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To: MotleyGirl70; Larry Lucido

http://meems.imeem.com/TfUQYlyU/music/shAoMJMz/chinese_buffetyou_go_now/


48 posted on 01/03/2008 4:36:35 AM PST by Cagey
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To: Balding_Eagle
Never mind, I miss-posted.

Huh... I figured that you were just leading up to the idea that being a road grader is hearty work, and it works up a hearty apatite!

Mark

49 posted on 01/03/2008 4:52:56 AM PST by MarkL
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To: ShadowDancer

50 posted on 01/03/2008 4:56:51 AM PST by Rb ver. 2.0 (Global warming is the new Marxism.)
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