May 16th, 2012
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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.

The additional eight pieces with which they dispatched him were not enough to drown out his cries of false advertising. Wisth phoned the police and showed up two days later with a protest sign protesting the restaurant's policies. He sees it as a case of a small fry against the big guy and plans to picket the restaurant every Sunday until they reconsider their policy. The restaurant, however, appears unwilling to work with Wisht - at least until he pays off the tab he's accrued over the past few years.

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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    August 3, 2013 at 5:18 am |
  2. billybob

    I call them all you can poop buffet. Sometimes, I take a pit-stop after a few plates and "let a load off", take a few laxatives to ease it through quicker and make room for SECONDS! Often I wish I had a bucket underneath and between the two seats I sit on just to keep going full speed!!!

    May 29, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
  3. Rena

    I feel if restaurants have an all you can eat buffet then it should be "all you can eat". I'm sure they make up for it from people like me who never eat as much as we pay. Let the man eat!!!!

    May 21, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
    • Lilly

      Let the man eat, if advertized as "All You Can Eat" then it should be All You Can Eat. They mke so much money off of those of us who barely eat anything.... it all averages out in the long run.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
      • The Truth

        Courts have already ruled on cases like this. All you can eat is deemed to be what an average reasonable person can eat at one sitting. I overeat at places like this but never to the amount that the staff starts to consider cutting me off, let alone actually cut me off. This man has several physical and mental issues. If an all you can eat place cuts you off you should not be protesting the place but re-examining your life, period.

        May 23, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
  4. phil

    I eat at buffets, almost on a daily basis. I go for the variety. I usually eat a salad first, and stop when when I'm full.

    May 21, 2012 at 9:43 am |
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