Bill Wisth stands 6 feet 6 inches tall, weighs in at 350 pounds, and darn it, he'd like some more fried fish. WTMJ reports that his usual supply line was recently cut off when the managers of Chuck's Place restaurant in Thiensville, Wisconsin felt he'd enjoyed enough of their advertised all-you-can-eat Friday night fish fry after he availed himself of twelve pieces. Staffers, who had issues with Wisth throughout the years, informed their still-hungry customer that they were running short on the special and sent him on his way.
If this sounds like a familiar scenario, it's because The Simpsons already did it. In the show's 1992 episode "New Kid on the Block," Homer Simpson sued fictional seafood restaurant The Frying Dutchman after being ejected from the all-you-can-eat restaurant for consuming "All our shrimp! And two plastic lobsters!"
The restaurant eventually offered a settlement to which Homer agreed - eating at a window table while the restaurant owner barks to lookers-on, "Come for the freak; stay for the food."
But is it actually freakish to expect a restaurant to make good on their claim? Hungry diners descend upon no-limit establishments devoid of sticker-shock anticipation and ready to fill their bellies.
While strategies vary wildly - some skip the lower-margin starches like bread and potatoes and stick solely to the pricier (for the restaurant) proteins, others enjoy the opportunity to pick at this and that and still others take "all-you-can-eat" as a personal challenge - the end goal is the same: satisfaction for their hard-earned cash.
So we're asking for your take. In the comments below, weigh in on the topics: are "all-you-can-eat" specials and buffets a smart, wallet-sensible choice or just an excuse for gluttony, and what's your strategy for dealing with the endless stream of food? Stop when you're full or just one more little mint? It's wafer thin...
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