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Have you ever taken home extra sweetener packets from a restaurant?

Response Percent Votes
60% 522
40% 348
Total 870


booyalab 7 years, 6 months ago

I've never understood people who steal stuff from food service establishments, especially petty stuff. Obviously if they're going out to eat in the first place they can afford a $2 container of whatever condiment. Or can they only afford to eat out because their house is filled with several years accumulation of single serving packets of condiments they didn't have to buy? Do they have squabbles with their spouse over whose turn it is to steal ketchup from McDonald's? Do they sometimes forget to steal a salt shaker from Denny's and have to go back and invent some excuse about losing a sweater and then grabbing the salt while the server is checking the lost and found?

slowplay 7 years, 6 months ago

I've never understood people who feel they have to get on their soapbox and deliver their righteous sermons about inconsequential subjects.

booyalab 7 years, 6 months ago

You don't understand comedy, you mean?

kernal 7 years, 6 months ago

The ones who really disgust me are those who eat at a restaurant and then leave before paying the waitstaff. When you morons bolt and run without paying, the person who waited on you has to pick up your tab.

If you didn't like the service, don't leave a tip and let the manager know. Don't rip off someone who is likely making below minimum wage and living off tips.

kthxbi 7 years, 6 months ago

That isn't true. No restaurant manager is going to make wait staff pay for a dine and dash. Not that that makes it OK. Because it's not.

hail2oldku 7 years, 6 months ago

Not only is it not true, it is illegal to charge the server when somebody dines and dashes.

As kthxbi says, that doesn't make the D&D ok, just means it doesn't fall on the server.

rose 7 years, 6 months ago

Unfortunately, it is true. Whether it is legal or not, I am not sure, but it most certainly does happen. I was lucky enough to work at a restaurant where this was not the case, but I have many friends that did have this happen to them. Basically the managers/owners don't want to be out the money, and they make the assumption that if a table ran out without paying that the server could have somehow done something to prevent it. Of course that is almost never true, but apparently that doesn't typically matter. I hope that anyone that plans to "dine and ditch" will take that into consideration the next time...

ksriver2010 7 years, 6 months ago

Yes it is true at some restaurants. My daughter was a server at several restaurants in Wichita where the manager would take that out of their money/tips.

gccs14r 7 years, 6 months ago

If toothpicks are offered at the checkstand, I might take two and stash one in the car if I think about it, but I also might not take any. I have an 800-pack at home, plus a toothbrush, so I would have to be pretty desperate to take a restaurant toothpick.

A couple of nights ago I listened as a group of heavies came into King Buffet and tried to figure out if they could afford to eat or not. For some reason I thought they were a group of four and wondered why they opted for soft drinks instead of water after the "patriarch" declared that he had only $34.

DillonBarnes 7 years, 6 months ago

Easy Tom, I really don't think he was directly that at you. Both of you said you might take a few extra toothpicks from time to time.

independant1 7 years, 6 months ago

toothpicks? guilty but recovering

karma - they can really make a mess of a good shirt in dryer

newmedia 7 years, 6 months ago

How many hands before yours have touched those little packets? Just asking.

BorderRuffian 7 years, 6 months ago

Ret - that is just plain gross! And pathetic!

irvan moore 7 years, 6 months ago

do you have to wear a hoodie to steal them?

geekin_topekan 7 years, 6 months ago

WHen I was a wino I found the best condiments at LMH cafeteria. I was especially fond of the little packs of Louisiana Hot Sauce. Made the dumpster score palatable.

tappity,tappity,tappity. . .

Zachary Stoltenberg 7 years, 6 months ago

I worked my way through school waiting tables and this is actually a real problem. The little packets of sweetener on the table aren't cheap! It was almost always old people and they usually cleaned out the splenda. It's fairly expensive if you buy it at the grocery store and they would just grab as many as were on the table and fill their purse/pockets. I even had a gal one time I saw do it have enough guts to ask me to re-fill the tray after she cleaned it out; then she took the refills! We eventually had to quit using the packages and serve sweeteners in a dish with a spoon. Fill your purse with that!

Robert Rauktis 7 years, 6 months ago

As long as the sweetener was attached to the waitress.

denak 7 years, 6 months ago

Oh lord, I am going to get skewered for this but we actually take the little mixed jelly packs.

But in my defense, I usually tip really well.


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