I was having a look at the older posts in the archives and came across this one:
Definitely, my most memorable wedding-reception moment came several years ago. I was at my cousin's very high-class, about 150 guest, church wedding. Being that cousin "G" and his now-wife "L" are conservative people -- L being from a strict Dutch-Reformed family and G from a Reformed family -- this really was a family-oriented evening wedding with the reception immediately following, in the church's banquet hall (and you'd never guess it was a church banquet hall, either; so absolutely gorgeous).
Well, because G and L had virtually all their family members and quite a few close friends present, that meant "Granny F" was there. (Granny F is the groom's grandma.) This was not a buffet, mind you, the caterer had waiters and waitresses serving and tending to the guests. And after dinner, as one young lady in a black and white uniform was carrying away stacks of plates in a small plastic bin, Granny F caught sight of something beige and leavened on one of those plates. Being that she is quite the cheapskate, Granny F just couldn't put aside her cheapness for ONE night, at her grandson's long-awaited wedding reception, a classy affair, at that, to let one of those rolls that she didn't even have to pay for go to waste. So what does she do? Granny F stops the girl carrying the dirty dishes back to the kitchen -- and asks her if she could take those leftover, uneaten and partially eaten rolls off of other people's plates!!!!
Let's just say, Granny F made a killing in rolls off dirty plates. She was seen, after the incident, proudly hoarding her rolls as best she could. To this day, G's family has never let it die -- it quickly becomes the topic whenever we reminisce about G & L's wedding. Always good for a few laughs!!
You know, when I read this, and while I agree that under the circumstances it IS kind of both funny and tacky, I couldn't help think that "Granny F" was probably from the depression or war era when food was scarce & I quite understand her not wanting to see (as my Gran would say) good food go to waste. This post actally made me quite nostalgic for my own grandparents who have now sadly passed.