Saudi Diners Charged If They Don’t Finish Their Plates!

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In a bold move to stop food wastage, the Marmar Restaurant in Dammam, Saudi Arabia will charge you fines if you don’t finish your food.

Super-sizing it is still really an American patent, even though large portions of food are still the norm in the Middle East. Now to curb food wastage even further, there is a new food savings trick we like: A Saudi restaurant has started charging diners if they order more than they can eat, according to an article in Gulf News.

It seems that restaurant eaters were ordering extravagant amounts of food to impress their guests. Fahad Al Anezi, the restaurant owner said: “There are many clients who make large orders in order to impress the people around them and boost their social prestige.”

The fine is more of a symbolic one, and meant to hurt the ego of diners whose eyes are bigger than their bellies. The move has been endorsed by Saudis. And Green Prophets everywhere.

::Gulf News, via Freakonomics

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