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

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denak 3 years, 4 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.



Robert Rauktis 3 years, 4 months ago

As long as the sweetener was attached to the waitress.


Zachary Stoltenberg 3 years, 4 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!


MacHeath 3 years, 4 months ago

Like I'm going to answer that question and have "the Man" knocking at my door!


geekin_topekan 3 years, 4 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. . .


thuja 3 years, 4 months ago

There is no reason to throw ice in the trash.


oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 4 months ago

No hoodie needed to take the packets. Better wilbur take them than to have them left on peoples tryays and they be thrown out. The pepper and salt packets are the best. Just the right size. Napkins, now there is the real deal. Enough of those all around town, and no need to buy paper towels or toilet tissue.

If you are lucky you can get some extra plastic forks, spoons, and knives and start your own Christmas package picnic gift basket.

Lawrence is just a great place to rip off.


irvan moore 3 years, 4 months ago

do you have to wear a hoodie to steal them?


RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 4 months ago

Ketchup is a source of lycopene, an antioxidant which prevents cancer. It also makes lets you dress up ramen noodles and call it spaghetti.


Flap Doodle 3 years, 4 months ago

Sometimes I'm a spork snatcher.


newmedia 3 years, 4 months ago

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


independant1 3 years, 4 months ago

toothpicks? guilty but recovering

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


gccs14r 3 years, 4 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.


Tom Shewmon 3 years, 4 months ago

I take a few extra of the plastic wrapped toothpicks when I leave a restaurant sometimes and toss them in my console. Is that something I should be ashamed of doing? Did anyone see the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" episode where Larry gets pulled over by a cop for taking too many napkins with his meatball sub? Hilarious.


kernal 3 years, 4 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.


booyalab 3 years, 4 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?


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