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To: WackyKat
Several years ago, an "all you can eat" Chinese buffet opened down the street from my office. I and several co-workers went during the Grand Opening week. Although the food was edible, I quickly lost my appetite as I watched, all around me, tables full of grossly obese people shoveling-and I mean shoveling- food into their mouths as fast as they could swallow. And they went back for plate after plate.The sights were so disgusting, I never returned to the restaurant.

I used to have a roommate that weighed over 350 lbs and I could see the palpable look of fright from managers whenever we walked into a buffet restaurant. One time we were at a pizza buffet run by an Asian man who came out after the second trip to the buffet and announced,

"That's all you can eat."

My friends argued that "all you can eat" was generally the descretion of the customer, not the restaurant.

But the guy persisted with his heavy accent,

"Yea. the sign say 'all you can eat'. Well, that's all you can eat."

I guess it all depends on your translator.

75 posted on 09/25/2003 12:10:34 AM PDT by Tall_Texan (http://righteverytime1.blogspot.com - home to Tall_Texan's latest column.)
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To: Tall_Texan
I used to have a roommate that weighed over 350 lbs and I could see the palpable look of fright from managers whenever we walked into a buffet restaurant. One time we were at a pizza buffet run by an Asian man who came out after the second trip to the buffet and announced, "That's all you can eat."

Sounds like Louie Anderson's "Chinese Buffet" comedy routine. Anderson is a large, overweight stand-up comedian whose signature is a hilarious bit about him being kicked out of a Chinese buffet.


80 posted on 09/25/2003 12:48:29 AM PDT by Ichneumon
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To: Tall_Texan
Years ago, three friends and myself (combined weight between the 4 of us was easily over 1/2 ton) went to a restaurant that was doing all-you-can-eat ribs.

After the 3rd plate for each of us, our service started getting pretty crummy. The waitress would service all the tables around us, but wouldnt come to ours to fill up our water glasses, or give us more ribs.

We finally flagged her down a couple of times more, and we each consumed two more plates of ribs. (By this time they were only putting one or two ribs on a plate.)

Well, we paid the bill, and left a very minimal tip (why pay for poor service)...as we left the restaurant, the manager followed us out and told us that it was because of people like us that they could only do all-you-can-eat one day a week. My buddy Jake turned around and said, "Hey, if you can't make a profit off of it, don't do it."

Next thing we know is the manager has called the cops. Three squad cars arrive with cops jumping out saying, "okay, where's the riot?" Apparently this knuckle head of a manager told the 911 operator that there was a riot in the parking lot of his restaurant.

The cops asked us a few questions, and started laughing. They asked the manager what crime we had committed, and the manager said, "They ate too much and didn't leave a tip." The cop asked again what crime we had committed, and the manager just kind of started crying and went back into his restaurant.

A few days later the owner of the restaurant received four letters, one from each of us, explaining the situation. Two weeks later we had heard that the manager and the waitress were both "let go". And the restaurant never did all-you-can-eat again. 6 months later the place went out of business.

"If you can't make a profit, don't do it."
125 posted on 09/26/2003 3:34:08 PM PDT by birbear (I'll take Things Nobody Knows for $300, please, Alex.)
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To: Tall_Texan
>> I used to have a roommate that weighed over 350 lbs and I could see the palpable look of fright from managers whenever we walked into a buffet restaurant. One time we were at a pizza buffet run by an Asian man who came out after the second trip to the buffet and announced, "That's all you can eat." My friends argued that "all you can eat" was generally the descretion of the customer, not the restaurant. But the guy persisted with his heavy accent, "Yea. the sign say 'all you can eat'. Well, that's all you can eat." I guess it all depends on your translator.

When I was in the Navy, I saw a sign in a California diner that read, "All you can eat for $1.49". So I went in and ordered. The waitress brought out a small plate with small servings of peas, rice, and chicken. I gobbled that down quickly, and said, bring me another. She looked at me strange, and said, "I'm sorry. That's all you can eat for a buck-forty-nine." (just kidding)

132 posted on 09/26/2003 4:59:34 PM PDT by PhilipFreneau
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