Monday, May 08, 2006
Asshat of the Week---Wendy Dershem
I bet when this indignant diner complained to the media about being victimized by the big bad buffet owners, she didn't expect to come out of it looking like an Asshat.
Live and learn is my motto.
Wendy Dershem, her boyfriend and their two children were asked to leave and not come back to the Dragon House Buffet in Des Moines, Iowa.
The reason? They're repetitive food wasters.
On multiple visits, the family has been observed tossing away large quantities of uneaten food before bellying back up to the buffet--and taking more portions of the same items they just discarded.
For example, one employee explained, "They take four egg rolls and crab rangoon, take one bite of egg roll and throw the whole plate. That is wasting food."
In the days where all you have to do is crack open a newspaper or flip through the TV to see needy and starving children across the globe, the bewildered and unrepentant Wendy doesn't seem to get it.
"But the buffet is all you can eat. And you know kids. They won't always eat everything and they want something else."
Then you give the kid one egg roll and one crab rangoon. Give them a small taste of something they're not sure of on their plate, so that if they don't like it, you're not tossing an entire meal.
If they don't finish an item the first time, you don't give them another helping of the same thing. How hard is that to understand?
The manager summed it up best when he said his "restaurant offers all you can eat buffet, not all you can waste".
So Wendy, that's why you're this week's Asshat.
April 25th's Asshat
April 10th's Asshat
March 28th's Asshat