Skip to comments.Pair banned from all-you-can-eat restaurant for eating too much
Posted on 10/06/2012 4:50:36 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement
George Dalmon, a former rugby player, and his friend Andy Miles were banned from all-you-can-eat restaurant, Gobi, In Brighton, after the manager branded them "a couple of pigs".
The men would each eat five bowls of stir-fry during their regular meals at the Mongolian barbecue, which invites guests to create their own dishes from the buffet.
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
back in my youthful (and poor) hippie days I had a friend that loved to go....went several times with him..hed stuff himself and then purge and go back for more...I could never understand it....id stuff myself too but I was happy with the deal....his happiness with the meal was âgetting overâ on the restaurant.
Getting over on the restaurant by wasting food. Wonderful logic there. sarc/
Just because they’re customers doesn’t mean you want them to be customers. Some people are just no good, and the right way to handle them is to boot them and let it be public, let the people that abuse the system no they can’t there.
Normal restaurants make almost no money on food, the source of profit is drinks. Throw “all you can eat” on the sign and the amount of money you make on the food goes from almost zero to zero. Now you really need drinks.
Then you get two fat guys coming in, not getting drinks, and eat much more food than your average customer. Since they’re not getting drinks your potential for profit is gone, and then they eat a bunch more than normal people, now they’re taking money out of your pocket. Obviously they’re fond of the restaurant, who isn’t fond of getting more than they paid for. That doesn’t mean you should be fond of them. Kick em out. You’ll find you get more customers, because there’s a crowd of people in this world that see all you can eat places as where fat people go to be gross, and they don’t want to watch that. When word gets out you prefer customers that exercise self control you gain fans. And you lose the dump trucks.
Though I like GC, going to them often enough gets tiring.
Though buffets are ok, I've come to realize how blah of an experience they are.
Value wise they can be ok to good. The problem is is that their food is mediocre. Mediocre this, mediocre that...you STUFF yourself on mediocre. Everything always LOOKS good. But you try a little of this, a little of that and a little of something else and all of this is just mediocre. You end up with a piled plate. A stuffed stomach, to the point of discomfort.
I love Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. The food is GOOOOOOD. And you just can't seem to eat enough of it. You eat to the brink of discomfort, but the food was oh so good.
A couple of months ago I stopped at a really nice casino and ate at their buffet. The restaurant was REALLY nice. The selection very nice. This DEFINETLY wasn't Golden Corral. But at $26 dollars a person, it shouldn't be. The problem was, though the food was good, it wasn't ...I don't know...can't think of the right word. The food was good, it just wasn't GOOD.
At $26, I'd rather sit down for a GOOD steak dinner without dessert. I will be comfortably filled, but would have ENJOYED the meal.
I've always wanted to go on a cruise. Being that I enjoy eating, I have always relished the idea of their buffets. But now, my thoughts are, if a cruise ships buffet is anything like other places buffets, whats the big deal? Whats so special about luke warm shrimp or prime rib? I'd rather have a GOOD, and hot, steak.
I see it differently from you I guess.
Maybe you’re not making a great profit.. but you can’t blame that on the customers. It’s up to the business to up the prices or change the menu.
And if these guys really like the food, they give you an opportunity to advertise. Heck give them free food if they’ll appear in your commercials.
There is nothing good or attractive about greed...
Guys that spend $10 to eat $30 worth of food arent your best customers. At an all you can eat place your best customers are the ones that fill up on a single plate.
Yup. Don’t take advantage.
I’ve worked food service. I know the math. I’ve seen all you can eat blow up. And I’ve seen it work.
Actually you not only can but you MUST blame it on the customers when they’re deliberately shrinking their bill AND your profit. Why should the business increase the prices for everybody because of two fat lazy SOBs taking advantage of the business? If the regular customers are dining profitably then the price is fine, the problem is the guys that are deliberately screwing you. No reason to punish the masses for these two, it’s not the masses fault.
Fat slobs aren’t an advertising opportunity. “Hey come eat with these fat guys that probably don’t have great taste in food but they have figured out how to get a lot of food for cheap” isn’t good advertising. It draws exactly the wrong crowd. You want people that buy drinks, fill up fast, and get out. Exactly the opposite of these guys. If you’re gonna pick customers to use in your ads you want the ones that only eat one plate and still feel they got their money’s worth.
I wish folks understood how the whole tipping thing worked..
Bread. Stores longer. Spoilage makes salad very expensive. But definitely worship the one platers.
We’ll just have to agree to disagree. Anytime someone comes in and hands you money for your product - there should be very few reasons to tell them no - I don’t want your money.
Especially in this crappy economy.
“There is nothing good or attractive about greed...”
And,,,, I felt so bad for the owners! A young couple, wife very beautiful, and very, very pregnant, and the butt heads were just ripping them off! I have many Chinese friends, all proud to be new Americans, and all incredibly hard-working! The two fatsos really p’d me off. Grossly unfair! And.. all my Chinese friends are very good Christians, happy to be free of China. They miss their homes,,, but will never go back.
we laugh at it...but liberals write books defending that type of logic....and some idiots buy them!
You’re coming from the side of “the customer is always right”, known to people in the support/ complaint handling business as “the worst thing anybody ever said”. Because the people who’ve dealt with confused, unhappy or greedy (that’s these two) customer know that these groups of customers are usually wrong, almost always their problem is their own making. And these people always cost you money. It’s the group that one of the cell companies (I think Verizon but I don’t remember) jettisoned a few years ago, their most expensive 10%.
In this crappy economy the “customers” that cost you money are the most important ones to get rid of. Verizon knew, this restaurant knows it, and now you know it.
Because the customer offered himself the "all you can eat" deal?
A business owner who offers the "all you can eat" deal has no responsibility when someone takes them up on it???
Yeah the customer is always right.
You may not like the customer but they’re always right. :)
“Ive worked food service. I know the math. Ive seen all you can eat blow up. And Ive seen it work.”
Indeed. I live in Las Vegas. My daughter and I hit a buffet on holidays because cooking just isn’t worth it. I probably pay for at least 3 fatty’s, but it’s better than throwing out food that will either go bad or not fit in the fridge.
The crappy food served at those places and
Your reduced health to save a few bucks.
The owner always gets the last laugh.
I don’t mean this comment to criticize any posters.
When I was a freshman my friends took me there and I ordered the special. I got a plate with a couple of pieces of catfish and a pile of cole slaw. The fish was good. I finished it up and signaled for more. The waitress came over and asked what I wanted and I said I ordered the "all you can eat for $4.00 special".
She look at me with a slight grin and said, "That IS all you can eat for $4.00"
My friends had a good laugh at my expense. But, the next semester I got to take a newbie there for his "special".
Most restaurants these days are barely treading water. It's even worse for buffets. I'm sure the quality has steadily deteriorated.
Reminds me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v29QfOyuZ3Y
So “All You Can Eat” should be false advertising?
False advertising is a good business strategy?
“All you can eat on one plate without getting back up” is what should be on the sign then.
BTW, the way you paint all fat people with a broad brush is really disgusting. Jennifer Livingston is gonna’ go all fatwa on you!
Yeah he has the responsibility to kick them out before they bankrupt him. All you can year relies on the social contract of people not making a spectacle of themselves. When you get people that can’t handle that you kick them out.
That’s the lie people have been taught to relieve. But ask anybody who’s ever worked support or complaints and you’ll learn reality: the customer is always WRONG, but you can never tell them that.
Golden Corral is always good....plenty of food...the best fresh rolls....
Then put a time limit on it. I am not talking about those 2 guys specifically, just in general.
I kind of hope they show up to picket the place, one wearing a dog suit and one wearing a rat suit. They seem to be the kind who might do it too. :p
There’s no false advertising about it. Doesn’t say you decide all you can eat, it leave the business the ability to decide you’ve eat all you can.
I didn’t paint all of anybody with anything. I painted these two lardos who went out of their way to pay little to stuff their bellies with food they probably could live longer without.
When 99% of the population can handle it why make rules, just kick out the 1% that are jerks. Everybody reserves the right to refuse service.
“All you can eat RICE & Soup”
See, not hard.
Make all you can eat buffets illegal. Done.
Even the lower class buffets in Vegas are pretty nice. I don’t go for the crappy food. I usually chose the carving board, and on a holiday, it is a money saver. My daughter also gets to splurge on a wide variety of deserts. If I didn’t live in Vegas, it’s unlikely I’d go to an all-you-can-eat buffet. I saw a documentary once on buffets...again, if it wasn’t Vegas with the high standards and turn over, I wouldn’t be eating at a buffet.
They should just announce that all you can eat doesn’t mean all you can eat and that all fat people will be banned and they will use a BMI scale for all customers.
“We hate you customers, give us money and leave!”
This sounds like a great business strategy
I haven't tried fried clams since...
Why should they announce something that the vast majority of people understand as common sense? It’s simple logic to know that it’s a business that wants to make a profit and if you eat so much you threaten that profit not just for you but for the night they’re gonna kick you out?
You’re defending theft, you’re defending piggery. Did you actually bother to read the article? Here’s some quotes:
They are in such a hurry to beat everyone to the food they spoil everything.
We are supposed to be a buffet but they eat everything out of the bowls before people can get there.
These guys are ripping off the restaurant, AND worsening the dining experience for other customers. They SHOULD be kicked out. They’re jerks. With that kind of behavior even if they’re only eating 1 bowl they should be kicked out.
Good and proper attitude for the waitresses and waiters!
For a midwest treat I recommend Sirloin Stockade. Much better quality than Golden Corral. I used to know the menu by heart as it would change each day. Thursday was sausage and peppers night. Great service, too.
Of course being in Indiana, the average person weighed about 300lbs, but they stuffed the guests with the complimentary buttered rolls, which were irresistable.
They would NEVER kick someone out for eating too much. That was their customer base.
BTW, YES, tip at an all you can eat buffet, IF you get drinks with refills, fresh plates and napkins brought to you, and the waitstaff keeps you table bused.
It's hard work keeping up with some customers.
“Chris Miller” I met him years ago. He was a good guy.
I’d read a few of the serialized episodes in National Lampoon or elsewhere but didn’t find the book itself as rewarding. I bought it cheap though (~$2).
Then, years later I remember as a teenager, seeing they had a lunch buffet, and any time we had a day off of school, I'd be there. I really loved their pizza, but on their lunch buffet, they had the most incredible fried chicken and potato wedges - I remember them to this day!
I think we lost the last Shakeys Pizza in KC back in the late 1970s, or it may have been even earlier... I miss the one that used to be on Troost.
“BTW, YES, tip at an all you can eat buffet, IF you get drinks with refills, fresh plates and napkins brought to you, and the waitstaff keeps you table bused.”
In Vegas, you get drink refills and used plates taken away. I always tip well because my server isn’t at home with their family on a holiday so it should be worth their while. I personally hand it to them, look them in the eye, and say, “Thank you,” with sincerity.
For some more Sizzler stories, we had a lady who was bulemic come into the restaurant. She'd pig out, throw up, then come back for more. It took a while to catch her since she wore a different wig each time, but we noticed she always sat right by the bathroom. One of the waitresses caught her doing her thing in one of the stalls. We politely asked her to not come back.
We also had a family who let the kidddies go to the salad bar, take a bowl of croutons or M&Ms from the sundae bar and come back to the table where they would throw everything on the floor like confetti. We also asked them politely to leave.
Something about all you can eat buffets that brings out the worst in people. One guy took the whole uncut pineapple used as a prop to hold up the fresh fruit section. Of course it ruined it for everyone else.
That seems to be the name of the game. "A$$wipes who ruin it for everyone else".
My restaurant went out of business about 2 years after I left. What a surprise.
What’s to understand?
Tipping is an optional thing that you don’t have to do if you don’t want to do it. They don’t pay taxes on their tips. The bosses have somehow made it legal to pay people less than minimum wage if they might get a tip. They think tipping is mandatory but it isn’t. You don’t have to do it.
Eat at Golden Corral all over the country. They are quite variable.
One of the best buffets I ever ate at was a GC in eastern KY somewhere. Very good food.
Do NOT go to a GC in Orlando. Atrocious.
Yeah, they do.
Exactly. They don't pay their fair share. Like the millionaires and billionaires. More taxes, please, I say!
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