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Re: Used it last night while dining
« Reply #15 on: April 24, 2013, 01:22:16 AM »
Could be she thought, "What's the big deal?  It's just a soda."  The trouble is, a lot of people seem to be thinking the same way, and since water is free and soda isn't that would mean shrink for the buffet.  You handled it great, and the woman was behaving like a spoiled brat. 

It's just a silly thing to start a fight over!  ;D  She still could have stayed if she had just paid for the soda when she was caught.

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Re: Used it last night while dining
« Reply #16 on: April 24, 2013, 03:59:07 AM »
OP, I'm unclear as to why you didn't just tell the drink thief straight out that you didn't 'tattle' on her? The 'interesting assumption' line could (and likely did) make it seem as though you did in fact tell on her to the manager. Of course, she may well have disbelieved you even if you'd told her straight out, but I feel the 'interesting assumption' line just aggravated the situation, to be honest.

It shouldn't have made a difference. OP would have been well within her rights to report the guest's behavior to management. The guest's rant afterwards was way out of line whether OP had "tattled" or not.

Yes, of course OP is entitled to tell the manager about the other patron's behaviour. But in this particular case she didn't (tattle), so I don't see the point in letting this other woman mistakenly believe OP did 'tattle'.

Who knows what crazy things people will do if they think you've ratted them out to someone.  Granted, this  other woman sounds a bit 'off' anyway due to her rant in the restaurant but I personally won't tolerate have someone assign blame to me for something I didn't do, and 'an interesting assumption' to a lot of people is seen as agreeing with what the original speaker is accusing them of.

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Re: Used it last night while dining
« Reply #17 on: April 25, 2013, 12:15:50 PM »

That was the first thing that sprang to my mind too.

OP, I'm unclear as to why you didn't just tell the drink thief straight out that you didn't 'tattle' on her? The 'interesting assumption' line could (and likely did) make it seem as though you did in fact tell on her to the manager. Of course, she may well have disbelieved you even if you'd told her straight out, but I feel the 'interesting assumption' line just aggravated the situation, to be honest.

I did nothing to warrant having to JADE myself to a woman who was clearly ignoring the stipulations of eating in the restaurant in the first place and lying to the cashier by saying she just wanted water. She made the assumption I had said something. If she'd been close enough, she would have heard that he was asking how we were doing and was concerned that we hadn't been in for a while. The manager is someone DH knows from his very early days (nearly 25 or so years ago) when he and the manager started out at the same local grocery chain, but both went their separate ways when the store closed and the chain closed down. The manager recognized DH when we started going to the salad buffet a couple of years back, and he uses the time when he visits to the table to see how things are going with us. So yes, he was going to spend a little more time than he might with others because he knows us. But he doesn't linger more than maybe five minutes and he's off again.

If anything, she was aggravated by the fact that she was told that sodas were not free, and that she could either pay the minimal price (I believe it's just shy of $2) or leave. Since she didn't want to pay, she was asked to leave. The fact that she got upset at me could have easily have been anyone else who saw her do what she did. Even if I had said I didn't tattle on her, she was upset to the point that she would probably have made a bigger scene if she hadn't been escorted out.

Someone mentioned the colored glasses. This location is part of a national chain, so the manager really doesn't have a lot of say about certain things, other than what's offered at his location. The drinks offered are Coke products, and they have everything  but clear sodas. So I think the colored glasses work well. Sure the cost of the meal could be raised to include the drink, but it's already close to $11 per person just with the unlimited meals alone. I'd pay more if it did include the drink because the food is good (plus they have these awesome lava cakes and cobblers for dessert and even hand out cookies to the diners).
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Re: Used it last night while dining
« Reply #18 on: April 25, 2013, 01:26:29 PM »
...    How dare I tattle on her, it was just one soda, soda is cheap, etc.   ...


"Yes, you're right.  Soda is cheap, so why didn't you just pay for it if you wanted it?"

Seriously though, I think you handled it extremely well and you did a great job of putting one of our favorite phrases to good use!   :)