Paying for Your Waste

Straight from Saudi Arabia…here’s a restaurant charging a fee for uneaten food…that goes to a Somalian charity. Hard to argue with that last part.

My second thought: I guess taking home leftovers isn’t big in Saudi Arabia.¬†Also, showing the words “the greedy are punished” burning embers flicker on screen made me think the video was headed in another direction.

Any opinions?

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  1. Posted December 14, 2011 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    It seems far fetched in U.S., but people thought charging $0.10 for plastic bags was crazy too….

  2. KitKat
    Posted December 15, 2011 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    There is a seafood buffet in Pittsburgh, Hokkaido, that charges for waste. Every table has a sign reminding patrons that they will charged $8 if they leave uneaten food on their plate. The money doesn’t go to charity though.

  3. Posted December 15, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    Really interesting idea. My first thought was from grandparents or old rascal movies where they would tell kids to finish everything on their plate, would this spur or help the obesity problem in the USA?

  4. Posted December 16, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    KitKat–Interesting…It’s a little harder to pull off when restaurants aren’t donating that money, but I’m all for it in the buffet restaurants. $8 is pretty steep, though! And effective, I’d guess. Yes? No?

    Sage–You hit on the flip side to this tactic–compelling people to overeat. That’s why I think it should only be instituted at buffets, where we control how much ends up on our plate. Especially given how massive many of today’s restaurant portions are…

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