This is something of a rant.
This morning I had a very early lunch at the diner near my post office. They are probably the #1 diner in the county and they make the best burger in the zip code, but I can't imagine how much food gets wasted there. When I took my seat the waitress automatically put a down plate of small muffins (2-bite size; 6 of them) and some pre-wrapped jelly and butter. I told her I wasn't going to eat them and she shouldn't waste them, she said "They'll be decoration, then."
I was about to eat a burger deluxe (burger patties are 8 oz before cooking) and I didn't have a ziplock with me to bag them for later or for the pigeons. I had just spent $11 to send a 12 lb box of snacks to a regiment in Iraq which included 4 boxes of Entenmann's Little Bites, so this was really burning my tail. You will all be proud that I didn't lose my cool over this.
I feel the same way when I see Starbucks customers pouring out 20% of their coffee into the garbage to make room for their milk. If the barristas would only remember to ask every customer if they want space for milk before they pour, this wouldn't be so bad and they'd be even more profitable. The waitress in the above story could just as easily have served that plate of muffins to another table 10 seconds later; the place was busy.
One diner in my area cut back their portion size by 25% after the first two weeks in business when they saw that nobody could finish their food.
Does this bother anyone else or am I out of touch?
It bothers me too when I see wastefulness.
For example, if I'm eating Chinese take-out, they put so many packets of sauce in the order (duck, soy, mustard) that I simply don't put on my food. Or I see people throw away unused napkins.
And I hate seeing people order drinks, take one sip, and discard the rest.
I've seen in some fast-food, buffet, and cafeteria-style restaurants signs asking patrons to limit what they take to what they are actually going to consume or use, but somehow it doesn't seem effective.
I do remember an article posted in the original forum about a family who was refused service at a Chinese buffet restaurant because they were notorious there for filling plates with large amounts of food that they didn't eat.