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Walking out of restaurants?

Discussion in 'Food' started by TMNT, 2nd Feb, 2016.

  1. TMNT

    TMNT Well-Known Member

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    So tonight i was out at a restaurant I've been a few times. And theywe're having a bad night. Amongst a few complaints. A table of 10 walked out with out paying for their mains (they paid their entrees and drinks)
    Because half their mains came about 5 mins after their first half

    I was shocked. The manager was profusely apologizing so no attitude in that front. But to walk out with 10 main courses in front of them i was disgusted

    Sure it's not perfect. The manager was apologising . But to waste perfectly good food is unacceptable.

    Also. So what? They're going next door to reorder and wait another 30 mins?!?!?! First world problems! !!!!

    So have you guys walked out before?

    Me? Never. However if the manager was giving me attitude i would have walked out.

    If they were trying their best with what they have, then I'll always stay since I've ordered and the alternatives means is have to wait longer

    Oh and the restauanrt wqs a casual place. Not expensive
     
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  2. D.T.

    D.T. Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    I thought you were going to say they ate then bailed :eek:
     
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    Totally agree TMNT - their behaviour sounds very pretentious. I wonder if there was anyone in the group who tried to talk sense into the others or if they just followed like lemmings. Maybe one of them was an ex-chef or something. People in hospitality judge others harshly. Probably went to Maccas after that.
     
  4. VB King

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    On the weekend.

    Went to a place to eat for breakfast (in SEA).

    I was halfway through my meal when I looked up to see the waiting staff patting a customers dog they were letting sit on the table.

    I left enough money to cover the bill - but I did just walk out.
     
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    Dinner?
     
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    I have often wished I had the guts to walk out.

    Hubby and I are fed up with getting our meals served separately. The high end restaurants here on the coast are good but the bistro/pub type places are shockers. Recent example.... There were 4 of us at a local pub, (it was a Sunday lunch and not particularly busy). ordered entrees and mains. Got given the buzzer thingy for all 4 meals. The buzzer went off and it was for ONE entree (ceaser salad). Where are the rest? Still coming they will be jus a minute. Friend had finished her salad before the buzzer went agin. Up to the counter....three entrees AND two mains..... The other mains came out about 10minutes later. No apologies, no nothing. I am sure if we made a fuss we probably would have got some apology.

    Sadly it happens often.
     
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    According to some people on this site there is nothing wrong with that and apparently because of such exposure they never get sick...


    ....I wonder if they wash after they wipe?
     
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    Couple of times I may have say down, got a drink, disliked the menu and then paid for the drunk and left before ordering. Never walked out as per OP's post.
    Sounds like a bit of "group think" going on there, I bet if it was just a table of 2 they wouldn't have done that!
     
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    Once at a place I'd been to half a dozen times to get the 6 or 7 course banquet. This time they decided we would each be sharing one bowl of soup and other courses rather than your own dish. Spoke with the manager who was very rude, when I pointed out what the menu said they ended up changing things on the menu in front of me with their pen as I was clearly right, which is the point I walked out as they were still arguing. Just picked up my bottle of wine and left the two dishes sitting on the table, hadn't even taken a bite, never even looked back.
     
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  10. Chilliblue

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    Had to walk out on a few occasions. The last one we patiently waited for our meal and after 45 minutes of being advised it is on its way we left. Nothing had been served. No cultery, drinks or food.

    Another occasion I was served my main with several short hairs under the cheese on my pizza and all the waiter did was to pick them out with his fingers and walked away.

    If something is wrong and the place cannot assist then you need to be able to walk away.
     
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    Yuk!! The last time this happened I didn't need to pay, waiter take the meal away, apologize profusely and ask if I want a new meal.

    Have never walked away, I have waited 2 hours for salad before (but during work hours and my manager in the bar as well :confused:)
     
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    Don't go to America then :D
     
  13. TMNT

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    Ummmm buzzers and walking up to get your food isnt upper class!

    But i get your point
     
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    Ive never done that even because usually i have an idea of what the menu is like or if i dont and i dont like it. Im usually a bit too embaraased to walk out and willl probably order a little dish and finish up quickly

    The only time id probably walk out is if i was expecting 50 per head and it was 500
     
  15. moyjos

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    Never said it was, but bistro staff USED to be able to serve 4 people at once. As I said, the high end places we go are usually OK, although we have had issues there as well, with meals coming out separately.
     
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    I've left without paying after a discussion with the waitress (3 out of 4 of us paid). I ordered something that was awesome the last time I was there, which came out burnt, chewy and gross.
    Another time I ordered something that said it came with bacon. When it came out, it only had chopped up rind on it. I pointed it out politely, and they took it away and came back with more rind. I walked out without another word on that occasion.
     
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    Id only walk out to prove a point. As i know walking out causes distress for the staff (well the staff that care)

    I wouldnt walk out due to actions of other customers eg too loud, kids etc
     
  18. The Y-man

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    Did you have any "walkers" when you were running your place?

    The Y-man
     
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    Walked out on a few ,was up at the salad bar and i saw a dead fly in the in curried eggs,went over told the young manager ,walked over he saw the fly,then told me if i was trying for a free meal,so walk out of that one..
     
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    absolutey,

    in the opening stages, the first night off the main chef had off, he left his 2nd in charge, a very nice indian guy, however he was just not experienced enough, and when we sold out of stuff, he tried to prepare from scratch,and didnt tell me, and hence there was like over an hour wait for food, that night, we had about 3-4 tables walk out, was a disaster,

    another night, we were very busy, we had 2 couple waiting for a table, we got 2 tables ready at the same time, I instructed 2 waitresses to get the two couples, off they went, however the 1st couple were annoyed that they were served about a 1 second after the 2nd couple and walked off

    I also remember a similar incident where the main courses came out in drips and drabs and a family did walk out because they didnt want to wait

    another incident where a young south east asian couple came in, and they walked out because their well done steak wasnt ready in 15 mins,

    hey I have a good memory, I could go on for ever!

    No regrets whatsoever though ;)
     
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