14 years ago
Yeah. :lol:

La. men claim buffet eatery banned them

Thu Jan 3, 8:33 AM ET

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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Ricky Labit, a 6-foot-3 disabled offshore worker, said he had been a regular at the Manchuria Restaurant, eating there as often as three times a week. But on his most recent visit, he said a waitress gave him and his wife's cousin, Michael Borrelli, a bill for $46.40, roughly double the buffet price for two adults.

"She says, 'Y'all fat, and y'all eat too much,'" Labit said.

Labit and Borrelli said they felt discriminated against because of their size.

"I was stunned, that somebody would say something like that. I ain't that fat, I only weigh 277," Borrelli said.

Accountant Thomas Campo, who spoke for the restaurant because the owner's English is limited, said the men were charged an extra $10 each on Dec. 21 because they made a habit of dining exclusively on the more expensive seafood dishes, including crab legs and frog legs.

"We have a lot of big people there," Campo said. "We don't discriminate."

The argument over the bill grew heated, and police were called. The police report states that the disagreement was settled when the restaurant said the bill was a mistake and, to appease Labit, the meal was complimentary.

Labit said he insisted on paying but was told not to come back. He complained that when seafood on the buffet line runs out, the restaurant only grudgingly cooks more. Campo said the proprietress tries to reduce waste of quality food.
    Xe-A-Thoul's Avatar
    Xe-A-Thoul
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    14 years ago
    I told Mother, who told me about that, that it was just like that. Odd coincidence.
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      SSJ_Jup81's Avatar
      SSJ_Jup81
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      14 years ago
      That was rude and that waitress needs to be fired. They shouldn't have banned him from the place, imo, and allowed him to come back if he wanted to. He did offer to pay. Seriously, he was a regular customer.
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        Edymnion
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        14 years ago
        Seeing as how we run a family business ourselves, I don't see the problem here. Its a private business, they can serve or not serve anyone they want. Seeing as how they had a good reason (constantly there eating the most expensive thing they had), I'm siding with the restaurant owners.

        They should not be expected to lose money and keep their mouths shut just to keep from hurting someone's feelings. And yes, at our place, if you make a big enough of a scene that the cops have to be called, you are so freaking blacklisted its not even funny. As in "Get out, or we will have the police escort you out. Don't ever come back."

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          Thylacine
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          14 years ago
          You know, I read a story very similar to this in a Weekly World News. That story went that an overweight brother and sister went into an all you can eat Chinese buffet. They were pretty big, so of course they ate alot of the food. The owner comes out and says something along the lines of "You leave now! You too fat!" or something and bans them from coming back.

          I personally thing this is just one of those "Urban Legends" so to say. Plus, if the man's 6'3", 265 isn't that big.
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            14 years ago
            Thylacine
            if the man's 6'3", 265 isn't that big.


            I am about somewhere in between the height of 6'2 and 6'3 and believe it or not I Barely Weigh 150 pounds on the scale when I am wearing my shoes. :lol:
              14 years ago
              Edymnion
              Seeing as how we run a family business ourselves, I don't see the problem here. Its a private business, they can serve or not serve anyone they want. Seeing as how they had a good reason (constantly there eating the most expensive thing they had), I'm siding with the restaurant owners.

              They should not be expected to lose money and keep their mouths shut just to keep from hurting someone's feelings. And yes, at our place, if you make a big enough of a scene that the cops have to be called, you are so freaking blacklisted its not even funny. As in "Get out, or we will have the police escort you out. Don't ever come back."


              But if they paid for an "All You Can Eat" buffet, then they should have a right to eat...well...all they can eat. If they are denied more food even though they aren't done eating, that means the buffet isn't really "all you can eat."

              That = false advertising

              Unless they have an asterisk with the following at the bottom "This offer is only good for people under the age of 13 and weigh less than 110lbs. We have the right to deny someone food at any time."
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                14 years ago
                After reading the article a few times...

                so lets see...he eats there three times a week..I assume he pays for the meals when he goes there. I assume because the article didn't say anything about his regular paying habits, although maybe that's implied.

                I see what Edy is saying, but after reading the article, I didn't get the feeling that the two men deserved the bill.

                Also, they dined more on Crab Legs and Frog Legs..are they part of the buffet? If they dined exclusivly on those two items and they were part of the buffet, then there's no argument, however, if they aren't part of the buffet, then they should pay extra. I don't think the way the waitress handled it was the right way though...

                tell me where I'm wrong, but politely. :)
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                  Radiation_Dude
                  Thylacine
                  if the man's 6'3", 265 isn't that big.
                  I am about somewhere in between the height of 6'2 and 6'3 and believe it or not I Barely Weigh 150 pounds on the scale when I am wearing my shoes. :lol:
                  You have to be really really skinny or have a small frame. A person at 6'3 and such at about 265 isn't big at all if he has a big frame. He could have a build like a wrestler or a football player and that's muscle, not fat.
                    lilginger
                    519 Posts
                    14 years ago
                    I remember a few years back when Olive Garden had the all you can eat pasta bowls and a heavy teenage boy was dinning there. The waitress refused to serve the boy a fourth pasta bowl because she said he was too fat right in front of his parents. I don't know what came out of it but it was on the news here in Columbus Ohio.
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                      adventure_of_link's Avatar
                      14 years ago
                      Edymnion, why OH WHY would you side with the owners?

                      Heck, if they're eating the more expensive things on the menu, you're making more money.
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                        adventure_of_link
                        Heck, if they're eating the more expensive things on the menu, you're making more money.
                        Maybe if it was apart of an individual dish, but maybe not for a buffet type situation. Seafood is expensive here in the states. Maybe it does cost more to have fresh seafood dishes out in something like a buffet than if someone was just ordering a particular seafood dish in that type of place. To be honest, I still don't see how places with all you can eat buffets profit since they're so cheap in general.
                          nippy
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                          14 years ago
                          Radiation_Dude
                          Thylacine
                          if the man's 6'3", 265 isn't that big.


                          I am about somewhere in between the height of 6'2 and 6'3 and believe it or not I Barely Weigh 150 pounds on the scale when I am wearing my shoes. :lol:


                          You're a twig, dude. I'm 6'2" 252 lbs.

                          adventure_of_link
                          Edymnion, why OH WHY would you side with the owners?


                          ...because owning a family business trumps false advertising, it seems.
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                            14 years ago
                            lilginger
                            I remember a few years back when Olive Garden had the all you can eat pasta bowls and a heavy teenage boy was dinning there. The waitress refused to serve the boy a fourth pasta bowl because she said he was too fat right in front of his parents. I don't know what came out of it but it was on the news here in Columbus Ohio.
                            See, imo, no waiter or waitress has a right to say that to any customer. They paid the price so they have the right to eat whatever they ordered, and in this case, they got the all you can eat pasta bowl. See, these people who insult customers (which should never be done regardless of the situation or how you personally feel) obviously don't mind not getting tipped. I know if I was insulted by a server, I would report him/her to the manager and wouldn't bother leaving a tip. Waiters and waitresses make their living off the tips since the actual wages aren't the best in the world.
                              nippy
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                              SSJ_Jup81
                              lilginger
                              I remember a few years back when Olive Garden had the all you can eat pasta bowls and a heavy teenage boy was dinning there. The waitress refused to serve the boy a fourth pasta bowl because she said he was too fat right in front of his parents. I don't know what came out of it but it was on the news here in Columbus Ohio.
                              See, imo, no waiter or waitress has a right to say that to any customer. They paid the price so they have the right to eat whatever they ordered, and in this case, they got the all you can eat pasta bowl. See, these people who insult customers (which should never be done regardless of the situation or how you personally feel) obviously don't mind not getting tipped. I know if I was insulted by a server, I would report him/her to the manager and wouldn't bother leaving a tip. Waiters and waitresses make their living off the tips since the actual wages aren't the best in the world.


                              Exactly. Spot-on post, SSJ.
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