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Pair banned from all-you-can-eat restaurant for eating too much
Telegraph (UK) ^ | October 2, 2012

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.

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To: M-cubed

back in my youthful (and poor) hippie days I had a friend that loved to go....went several times with him..he’d 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 “getting over” on the restaurant.


Getting over on the restaurant by wasting food. Wonderful logic there. sarc/


51 posted on 10/06/2012 5:56:36 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: ConservativeMan55

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.


52 posted on 10/06/2012 5:59:01 PM PDT by discostu (Not a part of anyone's well oiled machine.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
I discovered GC 2-3 years ago, through a friend while we were on a road trip. They had 2 (now one) about 20 minutes away.

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.

53 posted on 10/06/2012 6:00:35 PM PDT by mountn man (Happiness is not a destination, its a way of life.)
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To: discostu

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.


54 posted on 10/06/2012 6:01:45 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

There is nothing good or attractive about greed...


55 posted on 10/06/2012 6:02:25 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: discostu

Guys that spend $10 to eat $30 worth of food aren’t 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.


56 posted on 10/06/2012 6:03:08 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: discostu
At an all you can eat place your best customers are the ones that fill up on a single plate. OF SALAD
57 posted on 10/06/2012 6:06:27 PM PDT by mountn man (Happiness is not a destination, its a way of life.)
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To: ConservativeMan55

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.


58 posted on 10/06/2012 6:07:58 PM PDT by discostu (Not a part of anyone's well oiled machine.)
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To: boop

I wish folks understood how the whole tipping thing worked..


59 posted on 10/06/2012 6:09:46 PM PDT by cardinal4 (If Baraq Hussein Obama had a son he would look like Rageboy)
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To: mountn man

Bread. Stores longer. Spoilage makes salad very expensive. But definitely worship the one platers.


60 posted on 10/06/2012 6:10:16 PM PDT by discostu (Not a part of anyone's well oiled machine.)
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To: Moonman62
lol....good catch...I thought of that too!
61 posted on 10/06/2012 6:10:16 PM PDT by M-cubed
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To: discostu

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.


62 posted on 10/06/2012 6:12:11 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: TXnMA

“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.


63 posted on 10/06/2012 6:12:52 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: chessplayer
Getting over on the restaurant by wasting food. Wonderful logic there. sarc/ <<

we laugh at it...but liberals write books defending that type of logic....and some idiots buy them!

64 posted on 10/06/2012 6:17:38 PM PDT by M-cubed
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To: ConservativeMan55

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.


66 posted on 10/06/2012 6:18:28 PM PDT by discostu (Not a part of anyone's well oiled machine.)
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To: discostu
Actually you not only can but you MUST blame it on the customers when they’re deliberately shrinking their bill AND your profit.

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???

67 posted on 10/06/2012 6:18:52 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: discostu

Yeah the customer is always right.

You may not like the customer but they’re always right. :)


68 posted on 10/06/2012 6:21:47 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: discostu

“I’ve worked food service. I know the math. I’ve seen all you can eat blow up. And I’ve 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.


69 posted on 10/06/2012 6:23:50 PM PDT by pops88 (Standing with Breitbart for truth)
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To: pops88

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.


70 posted on 10/06/2012 6:27:21 PM PDT by Morris70
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To: ConservativeStatement
Near my college campus there was a diner that had a special of "CATFISH- all you can eat for $4.00"

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".

71 posted on 10/06/2012 6:29:19 PM PDT by Baynative
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To: Moonman62
But you're both still voting.

lulz!
72 posted on 10/06/2012 6:29:45 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: bramps
Recently went to one in Virginia. Absolutely awful. Literally nothing edible. First and last time time I'll ever go to one.

Most restaurants these days are barely treading water. It's even worse for buffets. I'm sure the quality has steadily deteriorated.

73 posted on 10/06/2012 6:29:54 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the psychopath.)
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To: JoeProBono

Reminds me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v29QfOyuZ3Y


74 posted on 10/06/2012 6:34:02 PM PDT by Age of Reason
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To: discostu

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!


75 posted on 10/06/2012 6:34:21 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

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.


76 posted on 10/06/2012 6:35:17 PM PDT by discostu (Not a part of anyone's well oiled machine.)
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To: ConservativeMan55

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.


77 posted on 10/06/2012 6:36:18 PM PDT by discostu (Not a part of anyone's well oiled machine.)
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To: bramps
I'm sorry but the Ponderosa in South Bend is horrible....

Golden Corral is always good....plenty of food...the best fresh rolls....

78 posted on 10/06/2012 6:36:18 PM PDT by cherry
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To: discostu

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


79 posted on 10/06/2012 6:38:26 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

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.


80 posted on 10/06/2012 6:38:32 PM PDT by discostu (Not a part of anyone's well oiled machine.)
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To: JoeProBono; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows
Need to fat Czech their policy.


81 posted on 10/06/2012 6:38:50 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Obama likes to claim credit for getting Osama. Why hasn't he tried Khalid Sheikh Mohammed yet?)
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To: GeronL

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.


82 posted on 10/06/2012 6:40:12 PM PDT by discostu (Not a part of anyone's well oiled machine.)
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To: discostu

“All you can eat RICE & Soup”

See, not hard.


83 posted on 10/06/2012 6:40:59 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: discostu

Make all you can eat buffets illegal. Done.


84 posted on 10/06/2012 6:41:51 PM PDT by Tuanedge (Warriors victorious in a hundred battles, flee when a tiger enters their tent.)
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To: Morris70

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.


86 posted on 10/06/2012 6:47:50 PM PDT by pops88 (Standing with Breitbart for truth)
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To: discostu

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


87 posted on 10/06/2012 6:48:05 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: jttpwalsh
Funny you should mention that... Back in high school, around 1979, the HoJos in NY had an "all you can eat fried clams" special once a week. I remember being a regular for those, until I guess I got a "bad clam" and was barfing for 2 days!

I haven't tried fried clams since...

Mark

88 posted on 10/06/2012 6:56:42 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: GeronL

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.


89 posted on 10/06/2012 6:57:29 PM PDT by discostu (Not a part of anyone's well oiled machine.)
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To: mountn man

Good and proper attitude for the waitresses and waiters!


90 posted on 10/06/2012 6:57:58 PM PDT by dennisw (Government be yo mamma - Re-elect Barack Obama)
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To: cherry
When I was a kid Ponderosa was delicious. They really deteriorated over the years. Finally they started just using institutional grade food. I haven't seen one in years.

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.

91 posted on 10/06/2012 7:01:26 PM PDT by boop (It's not personal...it's strictly business)
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To: a fool in paradise

“Chris Miller” I met him years ago. He was a good guy.


92 posted on 10/06/2012 7:02:30 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: tumblindice

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).


93 posted on 10/06/2012 7:04:43 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Obama likes to claim credit for getting Osama. Why hasn't he tried Khalid Sheikh Mohammed yet?)
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To: Ronin
Ooooo, Shakey's Pizza! I remember them! My family used to go there every other week or so, and they'd have a banjo and piano player, and when they weren't there, they'd have a "player piano." They had this big window into the kitchen where you could see them make the pizzas, and that was so cool for us little kids! They had these cool, really long tables, and served soda in pitchers!

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.

Mark

94 posted on 10/06/2012 7:10:45 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: boop

“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.


95 posted on 10/06/2012 7:12:42 PM PDT by pops88 (Standing with Breitbart for truth)
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To: discostu
You brought up a couple of good points! Where I live there are a lot of all you can eat Indian food buffets. They all have a sign that says "Please don't waste the food".

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.

96 posted on 10/06/2012 7:23:59 PM PDT by boop (It's not personal...it's strictly business)
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To: cardinal4

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.


97 posted on 10/06/2012 7:33:48 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (oppan gangnam style!)
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To: bramps

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.


98 posted on 10/06/2012 7:39:09 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: mamelukesabre
They don’t pay taxes on their tips.

Yeah, they do.

99 posted on 10/06/2012 7:48:16 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Fate plays chess and you don't find out until too late that he's been using two queens all along)
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To: mamelukesabre
They don’t pay taxes on their tips

Exactly. They don't pay their fair share. Like the millionaires and billionaires. More taxes, please, I say!

100 posted on 10/06/2012 7:52:06 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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