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There are 78 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from Jan 3, 2008, titled Large Louisiana men claim restaurant banned them because they a.... In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

HOUMA, La. A 265-pound man says a restaurant overcharged him for his trips to the buffet, then banned him and a relative because of how much they consumed during their visits.

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Derek

Afton, TN

#1 Jan 3, 2008
I have too often seen people "pigging out" on all the expensive dishes at such places often to the detriment of other diners.
I am sure "all you can eat" was never meant to sanction this behaviour and the more diciplined and reasonable customers will suffer if this trend continues.
What ever happened to self control and manners?
Joe Schmo

Maxton, NC

#2 Jan 3, 2008
Good. He should be banned then, the restaurant and owners always should have the right to refuse service to anyone.
MAD

Candler, NC

#3 Jan 3, 2008
My opinion when it,s say,s all you can eate that mean,s all you can eat if you weigh five hundred lbs, so horne up and get real.

Since: Feb 07

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#4 Jan 3, 2008
Sorry, If the sign says "all you can eat" then that is exactly what it is. Not all they feel you can eat. If that don't work for them then they need to charge by the plate.

I have seen a lot go and order the buffet and pick at a salad. Do they give money back to those people?

It is about false advertisement and for that the restaurant is wrong.
RebeltotheLast

Columbia, SC

#5 Jan 3, 2008
All of ther buffets i have seen have signs saying they reserve the right to charge a person more if they feel that they are overeating. buffets are generally set up on the thesis that some will overeat but most will not eat that much so it averages out. i myself am loath to go to a buffet because i will not generally eat that much or at least as much as what is charged to eat (for example eight dollars and ninety five cents a person and i eat one plate of food.) it makes no sense for me. i did not see whther there was such a sign uip at the buffet at which tese two men were eating. all the facts are not present to make an educated comment on this situation.
Asheville resident

Greenville, SC

#6 Jan 3, 2008
I don't go much to "all you can eat" buffets, other than Mela (which is excellent).

My son is eight years old. He doesn't have a taste for Indian food yet, so I haven't taken him to Mela.

I recently told him about Ryan's, where I ate semi-regularly before he was born (and I was 25 pounds heavier then).

I said that at Ryan's, you get to sit and watch fat people eat, and because they eat so much in one sitting, you can actually see them getting fatter DURING THE MEAL.
wineman

Asheville, NC

#7 Jan 3, 2008
If it is an all-you-can-eat buffet, then the restaurant is wrong in discriminating.
Long Live Asiana, the best buffet in Asheville.
Joe Schmo

Maxton, NC

#8 Jan 3, 2008
Rebel, that sign makes all the difference.
fastsam, they are not wrong. Its their restaurant and they can refuse service to whomever they want. I would go one further that its like a bartender refusing service to someone who's drunk because they could hurt themselves or someone else. The overeaters at these places are hurting themselves and the business owner by doing what they are doing, refuse them service.
Frank

Barrie, Canada

#9 Jan 3, 2008
I spit my Coke all over the keyboard when I read the waitress' comment: "Y'all fat, and y'all eat too much." :)

Got to get out on the golf course more, I guess!

“Not as smart as I look.....”

Since: Oct 07

Leicester

#10 Jan 3, 2008
Here's an idea. How about a buffet with a sign that says "All you can eat in 20 mins.!" Then you watch the big boys go for it........

Since: Feb 07

Location hidden

#11 Jan 3, 2008
And a gas station could refuse service because of the danger on the roads and the hospital could refuse service and on and on. From a legal point I think you are wrong. Who knows?, maybe a lawyer will straighten out this.
agree

Great Falls, MT

#12 Jan 3, 2008
Joe Schmo wrote:
Rebel, that sign makes all the difference.
fastsam, they are not wrong. Its their restaurant and they can refuse service to whomever they want. I would go one further that its like a bartender refusing service to someone who's drunk because they could hurt themselves or someone else. The overeaters at these places are hurting themselves and the business owner by doing what they are doing, refuse them service.
Does the sign in a bar say ALL YOU CAN DRINK ? Come on, this makes no sense! If it's a buffet and it's ALL YOU CAN EAT then you should be allowed to eat all you want! I don't mean fill your pockets with food to take with you, but if you are putting it down your throat at a ALL YOU CAN EAT place, then the restaurant should shut up and treat the customer with respect !!!
Ghost Dog

United States

#13 Jan 3, 2008
They shouldn't ban the guys except for behavior, being filthy, not dressed appropriately or not abiding by rules for sanitation and behavior. The overeaters are balanced by the undereaters that just like to go to a buffet. The restaurant could limit certain items to one or two servings and have a server dispense them. Ryans has carvers that serve steak and other meats so they can control the portions. I witnessed 3 mexicans recently at a buffet. They emptied a pan of crawfish between the three of them. The server brought out another pan and they emptied that, not allowing anyone else to have any. Each of them filled two plates. They ate nothing else. Guess they were not raised with manners, consideration or common decency, goes with who they are but I bet they "work hard"! The owner could have told them to leave based upon their dirty clothes and hands but didn't. People like that ruin the good things they come into contact with and our society suffers for it.

“Why do ya need to know that?”

Since: Feb 07

Leicester

#14 Jan 3, 2008
Joe Schmo wrote:
Rebel, that sign makes all the difference.
fastsam, they are not wrong. Its their restaurant and they can refuse service to whomever they want. I would go one further that its like a bartender refusing service to someone who's drunk because they could hurt themselves or someone else. The overeaters at these places are hurting themselves and the business owner by doing what they are doing, refuse them service.
You can go one further all you wish. A bartender refusing service to someone who is drunk or has came in the door drunk is the LAW. Some restaurant having an all you can eat buffet is just that. As little or as much as you want to eat.

I would fire that stupid server and I would just be sitting around waiting on a lawsuit if I were this restaurant.

No, I dont condone over-eating, but I dont condone cruelty and discrimination, either.
Joe Schmo

Maxton, NC

#15 Jan 3, 2008
No, they dont have that sign but they do have the sign about refusing service to whomever they want. You have no legal right to eat all you can, they have every legal right to refuse service as long as its stated. Perhaps a lawyer can interpret that.

The bar is perhaps a public safety issue I understand but they still have the same right to refuse service for any reason. That is the bottom line in this.
If these guys took advantage of the restaurant then they should be banned, no disrespect there other then from the customer towards the restaurant owners.

“Man, 2 mo' years...Whew!”

Since: Feb 07

Location hidden

#16 Jan 3, 2008
When the sign at the buffet says "All you can eat" and, after wolfing down 10 lbs of food, the manager comes over and says "Boys, that's all you can eat" isn't that just a matter of perspective?
Sambo

Raleigh, NC

#17 Jan 3, 2008
Buffets only add to the reasons why we are so fat, obese, and diabetic. Yes, I said "add to". It is a matter of our own choice and self-control but, come on, the availability of buffets just makes it easier to make us fatter!

I think the signs should say "all you care to eat" if it truly is intended to be unlimited. Otherwise there should be some disclaimer on the language "all you can eat" e..g. "dude, here's one plate and that is 'all you can eat'"! haha!
Joe Schmo

Maxton, NC

#18 Jan 3, 2008
I'm not for cruelty or discrimination but it is a business and if people abuse the business then they are within their rights to refuse service.

In this case the waitress should not have said those things to them but also it appears that they have been abusing the "all you can eat". they deserve to be banned and that waitress deserves to be fired.
nativelana

United States

#19 Jan 3, 2008
i agree that all you can eat means you can go as many times as you want. i also agree with whoever said that the overeaters are balanced out with the undereaters. i have had gastric bypass and can hold very little food but still go with my friends and family and NEVER get a discount even though i can usually only eat about a cup full of food.

“Ride free”

Since: Nov 07

Asheville

#20 Jan 3, 2008
These restaurants come out on this, trust me, were talking a hand full of people here. Far more people eat less than there share, if the says ALL YOU CAN EAT, then thats what it means. So let them good ole boys pig out.

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