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Knifeman
07-12-2006, 12:06 AM
At a local chinese buffet, weekends(Friday and saturday) have all you can eat crab legs.

Well, This restaruant also has a carry-out service that charges by the pound (a higher rate on seafood than regular food).

Friday night, I went with my dad to this restaurant and... there was no crab legs. The steamer was completely empty.

Oh well, I got myself a bowl of soup and some egg rolls and in five minutes the waitress(whom knew me and my dad) told me they just put some crab legs out. So I got up and walked out there... EMPTY AGAIN!

This time, however, I saw a guy at the take out counter with 5 take out boxes(and these are the big styrafoam take out boxes, not those little ones, and the last one on the scale open, showing crab). This guy was HUGE.... at least 300 lbs.

Now as I grumbled and went back to my table I did the math in my head... for the price of snow crab legs, he's paying so much more for going to the restaurant and doing this than say going to a grocery store, buying by the pound, and steaming at home.... or taking the $10.99 all you can eat cost and eat at the restaurant.

But really, what a fat bastard.

Imogene
07-12-2006, 03:32 AM
Well, great, now I feel like a blimp! I'm just shy of 300 pounds, but I've been told I wear it well, as I'm also 6'5", so you really can't tell I'm that fat...
And, yes, I know you weren't directing anything at me.

LostMyMind
07-12-2006, 03:37 PM
I won't make those kind of quick judgment, because even through he was fat. You still don't know if all that food was for him or he was picking up food for a group of folks. You said it was Friday and Saturday, alot of people have people at their house to "eat". I've seen very large folks (300+) that eat less than some 120lb folks. (Not saying some are large because they're eating a house daily) I'm large as well, and my brother, who weights about as much as my leg, eats more than I do.

That being said, I think your anger is misdirected. The restaurant allows for it so he didn't do anything wrong (in the classic sense). He might have told the cashier before he did it. When I go to a buffet, I expect that some food might be gone by the time I get there. That's why it's a buffet ;)

Liannah
07-13-2006, 05:28 PM
I think what's worse is when they're staying in the restaurant (and paying the buffet price) and they take all the crab legs. (When I say "they" I'm talking about any rude person who thinks that the world revolves around them, not basing anything on size, just level of rudeness.) I've seen people literally wait at the buffet line, hassle the employees, and then when the crab legs finally come out, take nearly the entire bunch of them, leaving only the puny or broken ones behind.

I know that food at the buffet is hit or miss, especially on an item like crab legs, but my God in Heaven people! SHARE!!!

XCashier
07-13-2006, 06:12 PM
I think what's worse is when they're staying in the restaurant (and paying the buffet price) and they take all the crab legs. ...
...I know that food at the buffet is hit or miss, especially on an item like crab legs, but my God in Heaven people! SHARE!!!
Some Chinese buffets in my area have had to discontinue the crab legs for this very reason. Stupid selfish people have ruined it for all of us. :mad:

*EDit-No need to quote the entire post

gundam40
07-13-2006, 06:25 PM
This has happened to all the Chinese buffets I've been to. There was this old couple (late 60's, I would wager) who has a table very close to the crab legs. Once the servers brought more out, they would rush out like a fire drill and take all of them.

Yes, they took ALL OF THE CRAB LEGS. And they did it multiple times. What the heck? I understand it's a buffet, but shouldn't there be a courtesy of leaving some for the others?

Irving Patrick Freleigh
07-13-2006, 06:32 PM
...You still don't know if all that food was for him or he was picking up food for a group of folks. ...
...your anger is misdirected. The restaurant allows for it so he didn't do anything wrong (in the classic sense).

There may be no rule against it, but it's still rude. The guy wasn't the only person in the restaurant. How is it fair to the other patrons that they can't have a certain item because somebody else hogs all of it? They paid $10.99 apiece to eat there, and that's most likely because of the crab legs on the buffet.

And I highly doubt he was picking up food for other people. Nobody does that at the Chinese places in my town. It's much easier to buy the crab legs at the grocery store and prepare them at home.

*EDIT-No need to quote the entire post

Greenday
07-13-2006, 11:24 PM
You know, my friend who is nearly 6' and only weighs 120 pounds can out-eat nearly anyone. It's freaking crazy. He eats and eats and eats and doesn't gain weight. He always takes TONS of stuff at buffets and leaves little left.

One-Fang
07-14-2006, 01:00 AM
On sizes, hubby and I found it interesting to compare the world strongman champs with the world hot dog eating contest on ESPN recently (morbid curiosity).

The competitors in the world strongman competitions are almost exclusively big fat guys. I mean generally fat, not just well built. They have beer bellies. They have fat faces. These are exceptionally strong blokes, but they don't look it.

The competitors in the hot dog eating contest (who the hell can eat 54 hot dogs??@!!) were almost exclusively skinny little people. They were listed as various champs in other food eating contests. How these people put it away, I have NO idea.

So, size gives no indication.

I was going to make myself a tee shirt with a photo of each saying "Word Strongman. World Hot Dog Eating Champ. Me? I'm okay."

Knifeman
07-14-2006, 03:40 AM
The point isn't that the guy took all the crablegs(twice!), it's that he took them To Go(in To Go Boxes), effectively eliminating seafood for everyone else in the restaurantfor a good 20 minutes.

Yes, he paid for it(literally) in the much higher poundage rate seafood has To Go at the restaurant, which again I point out how he could have gotten the same amount for a fraction of the cost.

A buffet should be there for everyone to enjoy. Taking food from the buffet for Takeout, at the qualities where there is none left for everyone else who came in to enjoy a nice Friday evening meal with their family, while not against any sort of rule, is surely a very dickish thing to do.

Barefootgirl
07-14-2006, 01:03 PM
I agree with Knifeman. Yes, the guy technically had a right to take all the crab legs he wanted, as he'd paid for them. However, it is rude and greedy to take ALL of one particular item, especially at a buffet, irrespective of whether you've "paid for it" or not. I think we have all run across sucky customers who feel that because they have handed over a small amount of money, they are entitled to behave like a rude pig to everyone else, because of course, they are the almighty customer and the customer is always right....

Boulder_Bear
07-14-2006, 04:49 PM
About a year ago here in Utah some family sued Chuck-a-Rama, because the manager told them they couldn't have any more of the roast because they were eating it all and weren't leaving any for the other customers.

LostMyMind
07-14-2006, 07:19 PM
The point isn't that the guy took all the crab legs(twice!), it's that he took them To Go(in To Go Boxes), effectively eliminating seafood for everyone else in the restaurantfor a good 20 minutes.
You saying that your complaint is he took the food to go. Does that mean, that if he piled it all on a plate and ate it all in front of you. It makes it not a problem for you anymore? Whether he took it to go or did it in the restaurant, there still wouldn't been any crab legs for you.

That's means the restaurant wasn't very good at keeping up demand for the buffet. 10 mins to add more crab legs, I place the blame on the restaurant. I suspect that if the dude was 80lbs, you would have reacted much differently. I got a favorite all you-can-eat Chinese buffet that I go to once in a while. It's a small place with only 2 or 3 employees and they replace food faster than 10 mins.

Yes, the dude was "rude" by taking all the crab legs twice. However, your post was more directed on the fact that he was "fat". It's even on the title.

Knifeman
07-14-2006, 10:29 PM
He WAITED TEN MINUTES after doing it once(clearing the steam plate) to FRIGGING DO IT AGAIN!

If he was dining in and did it once, the rest of us would've had a chance to take fresh crab legs when they were brought out again... BUT he lingered at the front counter(just 5 steps from the buffet) for them to bring out more.

I'm sorry, but htat's a dickish thing to do.

rdp78
07-15-2006, 01:11 AM
Baltimore which is known for their crab industry and we were there for my dad's Navy ship reunion. Anyway one of the things the reunion did was to take a dinner cruise and it lasted about 3 hours. It was a buffet and I couldn't remember what they had but they did have crab cakes. Anyway each person was only allowed to have one crab cake and they made sure by having a server where the the crab cakes were on the buffet. Anyway I'm thinking maybe that's what the Chinese buffet should do with the crab legs and well, I know that might not happen becuase of labor issues.

On the subject about skinny people eatting so much food you wonder where they put it. Well, SM likes to bring in baked goods from time to time and well, I probably eat one of them but one the AMs seems to eat about 4 or 5 at a time. Now this AM is much thinner then me (I'm bit over weight) and yet she eats more junk then I would. Anyway last week or so SM brought some homemade goodies in and well, after a day or two most were gone. SM asked if I had any and I said just one. Well, the night before the skinny AM was there and she must have eaten quite a few. We joked where she put it because I can't see it and well, the SM told me she was trying to fatten up the AM.:lol:

Anyway when I was the shipping clerk, the webmaster was obese man well, when I started and he was on all kinds of diets. Well, I would joked about this with the boss and other co-workers the webmaster wasn't there (I think we joked more about his size then the diets). Well, whenever someone brings in treats he had to refuse because he was on a diet and I think he had finally luck with the South Beach Diet but I don't know really. I think one reasons he failed with his diets his wife because she didn't want to make two different meals and well, pretty much let just say she wore pants in that relationship. We also made fun of his wife because we throught she was witch and even the devil a couple times (yep, I still know the noises I made everytime they left) but that's another post.

Luna
07-15-2006, 05:04 AM
Anyway when I was the shipping clerk, the webmaster was obese man well, when I started and he was on kinds of diets. Well, I would joked about this with the boss and other co-workers the webmaster wasn't there (I think we joked more about his size then the diets). Well, whenever someone brings in treats he had to refuse because he was on a diet and I think he had finally luck with the South Beach Diet but I don't know really. I think one reasons he failed with his diets his wife because she didn't want to make two different meals and well, pretty much let just say she wore pants in that relationship. We also made fun of his wife because we throught she was witch and even the devil a couple times (yep, I still know the noises I made everytime they left) but that's another post.

Was he a horrible person to all the other employees to deserve such treatment? If not, why would you make fun of him b/c of his weight? Then his wife was made fun of too just because of his weight? That's very sad, IMO. I'm not going to start a morals arguement here, and I'm not even going to get into the witch = bitch arguement now.

How's about everyone just getting onto the main topic of the original post and not condoning the verbal stoning of heavy people okay?

Lace Neil Singer
07-15-2006, 03:14 PM
I agree that the guy was selfish in taking all the crab legs not once but twice; I remember being at a restaurant and this woman having a screaming match with the staff cuz they wouldn't let her take all the ham and cheese pasta off the buffet cuz they had a rule against people taking all of one item. The staff won by the way cuz they had a prominant sign on the buffet. Maybe this place should have one too.

Ree
07-15-2006, 05:28 PM
My husband works at an all-you-can-eat Chinese Buffet.

Customers are not allowed to do take-out of buffet items.

If they want the item, they have to order through the kitchen from the regular menu, and they have to wait as it is prepared, as the buffet customers take precedence.

That is the reason they actually have a separate menu. What is on the buffet is not necessarily available on the regular menu.

To me, the restaurant needs to rethink its policy to prevent things like this from happening.
True, a buffet does not necessarily mean a guarantee that every item will be available at all times, but a popular item should be monitored a little better, and quantities possibly limited to ensure a better value for all patrons.

*NOTE- Since this thread is more about the greed of some customers, and less about the weight of the customers concerned, I have edited the title.

NightAngel
07-15-2006, 05:38 PM
We'll never know whether or not he was eating it all himself OR taking it to share with others.

There's a difference between theoretically knowing HOW to cook crab legs and being able to and have them taste good. I wouldn't even attempt it. Nor would I attempt to cook shrimp. I love both and am a pretty good cook. YUM!


Well, SM likes to bring in baked goods from time to time and well, I probably eat one of them but one the AMs seems to eat about 4 or 5 at a time...
Well, the night before the skinny AM was there and she must have eaten quite a few...

And here's almost exactly what my co-workers say about me. One of the CSR's brought in a lovely cake last week. I ate, uhm... almost all of it.
I don't know WHY it is- but I eat all the time and stay thin. My co- workers frequently say things like, "You're eating AGAIN?" But then, I'm very active also.

I could eat all the crab legs twice over by myself. I weigh 125lbs.

It's a question of "Is what he did rude?"
The fact that he was overweight had NOTHING to do with anything. No need for weight to have EVER been mentioned.

I'd say that his rudeness has been equaled/surpassed by some of the comments in this thread.

Dreamstalker
07-15-2006, 10:58 PM
My husband works at an all-you-can-eat Chinese Buffet.

Customers are not allowed to do take-out of buffet items.

If they want the item, they have to order through the kitchen from the regular menu, and they have to wait as it is prepared, as the buffet customers take precedence.

That is the reason they actually have a separate menu. What is on the buffet is not necessarily available on the regular menu.

The one I used to frequent in Santa Fe did the same thing. I'm addicted to their leaf-wrapped sticky rice (and easily eat 3-4 pieces per visit), but I'll forgo it if there's only one or two pieces left and wait until it's refilled--for all I know, there are others there who love the stuff too. Yes, I watch the steam table to see when that dish is refilled, but only so I can take mine first so everyone else can get it (does that make sense?).

Now, if I could learn to make that sticky rice myself... :D

One-Fang
07-15-2006, 11:51 PM
Y'know, if there's only a couple of pieces left, you go ahead and have them. Someone's got to have the last ones. Why not you? Just don't take the whole tray as soon as it comes out. :D

sibermaus
07-16-2006, 01:21 AM
The reason most contest eaters are skinny is because on a skinny person, there is much more room for the stomach to expand to contain all the food eaten in a speed/quantity contest. Whereas on an obese person, their stomach can only expand as far as the fat deposits on their abdomen will allow. Or at least that's what they said on the Discovery Channel. Or it might have been National Geographic. :)

Brighid45
07-17-2006, 01:48 AM
Given that you're dealing with the public at a buffet of any kind, you're always going to get SCs that are greedy or rude. It's just the law of averages. The buffet could curb those SCs ability to behave badly by limiting the amount of a popular item they can take, or by making takeout a separate function and not allowing takeout food to come from the buffet.

I used to go to a wonderful Chinese buffet about 5 minutes from my workplace in Kansas City. They had a 'seafood' night where the steam table was attended by a server. You got x amount of crab legs, shrimp, etc per visit to the table, and no more so that everyone got a chance to have some of the popular items. My favorite was the salmon cooked in wine which almost no one took, so I had plenty for me :D

rdp78
07-17-2006, 02:29 AM
Was he a horrible person to all the other employees to deserve such treatment? If not, why would you make fun of him b/c of his weight? Then his wife was made fun of too just because of his weight? That's very sad, IMO. I'm not going to start a morals arguement here, and I'm not even going to get into the witch = bitch arguement now.

How's about everyone just getting onto the main topic of the original post and not condoning the verbal stoning of heavy people okay?

...I went through with this guy and yes, he wasn't very nice to the other employees (of course, he had to be nice to the boss). Anyway we did not make fun of him when he was there but after he left for the day (we had different times) and whenever he wasn't there. I usually wasn't the one who started making fun of him and the whole thing about his wife being a witch I think either the boss started that or another co-worker I can't remember but from what I understand she is not nice person to deal with. Of course, there were other things we made fun of him and his weight was just one of them. Sorry for the thread jack.

Anyway I don't have anything against obese folks and I also have relatives who are big also. I have seen people of all sizes come in my store and I think most of the SCs are skinny (just observing). Well, I'm a bit overweight my self (I'm trying to lose the last 10) and I have even lost oh about 20 pounds over five years (yeah, I fell off the wagon several times) so I was very overweight at one point in my life.

powerboy
07-18-2006, 04:34 AM
My mom done that with the chicken once. The sad thing is, my famiy ate all the chicken

Customer Beating Robot
09-11-2006, 04:04 PM
Well, great, now I feel like a blimp! I'm just shy of 300 pounds, but I've been told I wear it well, as I'm also 6'5", so you really can't tell I'm that fat...
And, yes, I know you weren't directing anything at me.

My wife is a big woman. I don't know how much she weighs, but I would guess over 300lbs. I love her to death though. I make fat comments all the time, as I am fat as well and I don't see how that should keep me from making a fat comment about some idiot.

I am just saying that a lot of times, fat is mentioned only to insult that particular person; not becauese someone has a thing against fat people in general. You can call someone a bastard or you can call them a "fat bastard." I preferr "fat bastard" because it has extra sting to it.

Tria
09-11-2006, 07:32 PM
You can call someone a bastard or you can call them a "fat bastard." I preferr "fat bastard" because it has extra sting to it.

Get in me belly! *Ducks*

Rapscallion
09-11-2006, 08:14 PM
I've got that song on my stereo in the car. I think the group is Bad Manners led by Buster Bloodvessel.

Rapscallion

MystyGlyttyr
09-12-2006, 03:09 AM
Randomly, I'm 5'6" and weigh 230 pounds. The sports editor at the paper is 6'1" and weighs 230 pounds. And he looks MUCH larger than I do. Weight by itself means nothing. ;)

On topic: I admit that I'm a buffet grazer. I will pick out the pieces I like. If it's spicy steak with broccoli, I do my best to pick around the broccoli. HOWEVER, I am not so rude as to take ALL the goodies. I get a few pieces and then move on to something that I WILL eat all of. Because it is VERY rude to take all of something and not leave anything for others. If you were at Thanksgiving dinner and someone ate all the dinner rolls before you could even get at them, wouldn't you be annoyed?