All-you-can-eat buffet fines diners who don't finish meals5/18/2012
What kind of restaurant charges $31.50 for two onion rings, a sliver of shrimp toast and a spring roll? The all-you-can-eat Kylin Buffet in South Shields, England, does, after adding a surcharge for diners who don't clean their plates. Beverley Clark was fined a $31-and-change "wastage fee" after her 10-year-old son and 6-year-old niece left those four items on their plates -- a penalty that cost more than the meals themselves. After being scolded by a waitress, Clark hid the leftovers so it looked like they'd scarfed them and complained to manager Sam Fung. "They left a lot of food from the buffet on their plates," Fung said. "We stand by our policies." You might be standing beside a lot of empty tables, too, buddy.
Bad business or good idea to prevent waste?