Your mother may have told you to clean your plate. Well, now one local restaurant is taking that a step further. They're charging customers for food they don't finish. 

At Hayashi Ya Japanese restaurant, it's all you can eat for $26.95, unless your eyes are bigger than your stomach and then - like the sign says - it will cost you extra.

When asked if he had ever been hit with a 3% charge for packing some stuff up and taking it home, Gene Nadelson of Sheepshead Bay laughed. "No, we are trying to finish everything here," he said. 

Patrons said they don't mind the surcharge because it helps with their waistline. The manager said he implemented the extra cost two years ago to help with the restaurant's bottom line. He said the main motivation for the charge is to eliminate waste.

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Should more restaurants have surcharges for food left uneaten?
Your mother may have told you to clean your plate. Well, now one local restaurant is taking that a step further. They're charging customers for food they don't finish.

At Hayashi Ya Japanese restaurant, it's all you can eat for $26.95, unless your eyes are bigger than your stomach and then - like the sign says - it will cost you extra.

When asked if he had ever been hit with a 3% charge for packing some stuff up and taking it home, Gene Nadelson of Sheepshead Bay laughed. "No, we are trying to finish everything here," he said.

Patrons said they don't mind the surcharge because it helps with their waistline. The manager said he implemented the extra cost two years ago to help with the restaurant's bottom line. He said the main motivation for the charge is to eliminate waste.

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13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 12/11/08 - 10:47:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
Sure, if they want to. But I won't go to a restaurant that like that.
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 12/11/08 - 10:51:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
It makes sense in an 'all you can eat' restaurant, like the above.

Too many people load up the plate, then eat only half. They think they can just load up with everything because they paid a flat rate for it. The restaurant paid for the food and the preparation. but gets no extra for food that is wasted.

This could make people think before they pile.
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 12/11/08 - 11:03:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 12/11/08 - 10:51:23 PM Wanderer wrote:
It makes sense in an 'all you can eat' restaurant, like the above.


Yeah for a buffet, it does make sense. But for a regular restaurant I think it would have the opposite effect and make people eat more than they want to because they want to 'clean their plate'.
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 12/11/08 - 11:13:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
^^^ Probably true.
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 12/11/08 - 11:45:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
In a buffet that is somewhat reasonable, but in a normal restaurant I'm not going to pay for food a second time if I don't finish it and take it home
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 12/11/08 - 11:45:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
Like said before, only at the buffet type of restaurants.

But I don't really agree with it otherwise, because I always find restaurants give way more food than I can eat. Should I be punished for not being able to finish the big amount of food I'm forced to get if I order the item? That's not fair.
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 12/11/08 - 11:47:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
Its the "clean your plate" concept that is causing obesity. Eat till you're full, then stop. But don't overload your plate in an all-you-can-eat restaurant either if you can't eat it all. Its rude
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 12/11/08 - 11:48:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, they should serve smaller portions, at a lesser price.
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/12/08 - 2:57:10 AM EST (GMT-5)
I would say only at a place where you're serving yourself. I know how much I'll eat and that suits me fine. Otherwise I'd be getting charged left, right and centre for not being able to finish. Most restaurant portions are much too big for me and I end up taking things home for leftovers.
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/12/08 - 4:03:44 AM EST (GMT-5)
This is why "all you can eat" buffets shouldn't exsist, it's natural to want to get your monies worth but then food is left. How about the just get rid of all you can eat schemes and have prices per meal, then you'll order what you can eat and eat it.

I don't like the idea of being charged because I cannot eat anymore though, it encourages bad eating habits, especially in children, to keep eating despite being full!
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/12/08 - 4:22:58 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yes they should surcharge at all you can eat types. Leaving excess food on the plate must be tossed out. It costs the restaurant higher food costs which later on will only get passed on to the consumer due to the revenue loss. Take less at the food line then if you need more go back for more helpings, but only enough that you can consume.
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/12/08 - 8:46:42 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'm all for it at all-you-can-eat places, but it doesn't make any sense to do the same at regular restaurants. You paid for what you got. Whether you finish it or not makes no difference.
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/12/08 - 9:48:11 AM EST (GMT-5)
i wouldnt go to a restaraunt that did that
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/12/08 - 2:10:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 12/12/08 - 8:46:42 AM Isthiezak wrote:
I'm all for it at all-you-can-eat places, but it doesn't make any sense to do the same at regular restaurants. You paid for what you got. Whether you finish it or not makes no difference.

That's correct as your meal is already formulated into portions.
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/12/08 - 2:23:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
Here buffets surcharge 30% for wasted fod AND you can't take foos home.

The idea of being able to cart off extra food beyond "all you can eat" sounds like very bad business sense.

If they can afford to do that then they can offer a cheaper ticket price without the surplus getting taken and attract more customers who aren't total pigs.

To be honest the doggie bag concept is quite alien to British minds. Eating out is a luxurious experience, so taking home scraps of food like a beggar takes the gilt off the plate.
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/12/08 - 3:31:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah, if it isn't good or something..or to like exchange it for something else.
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/12/08 - 3:38:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
Oh, I'd hate that. I never finish all of my meal.
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/12/08 - 4:34:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
thats what the leftover boxes are for
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/12/08 - 6:15:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 12/11/08 - 10:51:23 PM Wanderer wrote:
It makes sense in an 'all you can eat' restaurant, like the above. Too many people load up the plate, then eat only half. They think they can just load up with everything because they paid a flat rate for it. The restaurant paid for the food and the preparation. but gets no extra for food that is wasted. This could make people think before they pile.


The restaurant takes the risk of wasting food when they advertise themselves as an "all-you-can-eat" restaurant.
There are buffets where you pay for each individual plate, or even by pound of food. As much as I dislike the idea of wasted food, that's the restaurant's liability, not the customers'.
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/12/08 - 6:24:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
^^^ The restaurant can do it any way they want - it's a private business.

If they want to charge for food taken but not eaten, as long as they clearly post that regulation by the entranceway, they can do so, making it the customer's liability.
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/12/08 - 6:53:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
It makes sence
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/12/08 - 11:45:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 12/11/08 - 10:51:23 PM Wanderer wrote:
It makes sense in an 'all you can eat' restaurant, like the above. Too many people load up the plate, then eat only half. They think they can just load up with everything because they paid a flat rate for it. The restaurant paid for the food and the preparation. but gets no extra for food that is wasted. This could make people think before they pile.
On Friday 12/12/08 - 6:15:50 PM clashrocker wrote:
The restaurant takes the risk of wasting food when they advertise themselves as an "all-you-can-eat" restaurant. There are buffets where you pay for each individual plate, or even by pound of food. As much as I dislike the idea of wasted food, that's the restaurant's liability, not the customers'.

Yes but eventually they past the wasted food cost on to the consumer by raising the
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/12/08 - 11:46:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
^^^ Better the customer who's wasting the food pay for the wasted food.
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/12/08 - 11:46:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
price. As a consumer I'd rather have the price stay the same and not go up. Especially in a sushi restaurant where cost of fish is expensive.
12 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 6/26/09 - 10:37:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
What a way to solve America's obesity problem.

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