A Monday Peeve

Paula of Light Motifs II started this off some time ago, but this is the first time I’ve felt I had something peevy enough to contribute.

Yours truly is an easy going kinda gal. I don’t like conflict or making waves, and apart from dog owners not clearing up after their pets in the street (it’s like a slalom course in town),
I don’t say much, rant or let off verbal steam as a rule.

But Saturday was an exception.
OK, OK, OK. I know today is Monday, but I thought I’d keep this for Paula’s baby today because I am certain it will get up someone else’s nose too.

Scene: cafe full of regulars and visitors, with or without dogs.

It was busy and a family of two adults and two children came in, ordered their meal and sat down to the right of us.
Their food arrived, and was checked as correct because there were four portions of toast (2 slices per portion) in addition to the toast included in the breakfasts.
The cafe does a good breakfast in a variety of sizes, including a vegetarian one, so there is plenty of choice and the quality is very good, especially since they’ve got a new Cook in the kitchen.
The adult breakfasts were 2 of everything plus chips, the young lad had eggs on toast and the girl a chocolate milkshake and toast.
My peeve is that the adults each left the bacon, a sausage, egg, toast and tomatoes, the lad left his toast and the girl half her milkshake. Not only that, three of the four plates of extra toast were untouched.
OK, it was their money and Hubby had overheard it was the daughter’s birthday, I’d guess about 8, but what a waste (Maggie and any of the other 6 dogs by us could have had the bacon and sausages if  they hadn’t been covered in sauce  😀 LOL 😀 ) and it really put my back up.

I have no problem with anyone having a healthy appetite. I equally have no issue at an All You Can Eat Buffet for £7 and people going up for seconds, thirds, and even fourths, PROVIDED THEY EAT WHAT THEY TAKE.  The darts supper is similar and I tuck in.
What neither of us can abide is gluttony, plates piled high and then the food left. We’ve seen it in the carvery (MIL used to do it then leave most of it having made a fuss for the biggest yorkshire pudding), and were in full agreement with one establishment’s policy that if you piled your plate and then left it, you were charged double, unless of course there was something wrong with it.
Eyes bigger than your belly, or simply greed?

Peeve over.


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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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22 Responses to A Monday Peeve

  1. Suze says:

    I can not abide wasting food. I was homeless for several years and food was very difficult to come by in the best of times. I see people waste theirs and get steamed. I have been known to embarrass friends and family by going up to the wasteful people’s table and saying “If you aren’t going to eat that, I’d like it boxed up to take to the local shelter”. They are usually so embarrassed that they agree…….the shelter gets food for whomever and hopefully a lesson is learned by the morons leaving so much behind.

  2. fransiweinstein says:

    I totally agree with you. And what really ticks me off about it is, there are so many people in this world with nothing to eat. Imagine how much better and healthier their lives would be without food waste.

  3. I agree there’s no shame in sharing if you have a smaller appetite or take home leftovers. We do it all the time.

  4. Oh I share this one I hate wasteful people. I don’t go to “all you can eat” affairs BUT I did once upon a time and one that I enjoyed had a large sign up that said “Take all you want, but eat all you take” I always liked that.

  5. Ruth says:

    That was always one of my pet peeves when working the breakfast shifts at the pub – people would come in and order a large breakfast, then pick at it and leave most of it on the plate. Occasionally someone would apologise when I went to clear the dishes, because they hadn’t realised how large a large breakfast actually was, but mostly it was the same customers, time and time again, just being wasteful for the sake of it. Really annoying 😦

  6. Sadje says:

    It’s too wasteful. They could have taken it with them !

  7. I’ve witnessed unbelievable waste of good food. Sad. If the portions were too large then perhaps the family could have requested a doggie bag (some leftovers are good even for humans). As for the discarded food at an all you can eat buffet it’s more than sad. There should be a limit set on how much one individual can take and refrain from letting them have seconds or thirds if they didn’t finish previous dish. And don’t allow children to fill their plate to the brim since undoubtedly most could never eat that amount anyway.
    I’m in agreement 100 percent with your peeve.

    • Thank you. The breakfasts are good value in three sizes: basic, large and megga as they call it which is served on a platter rather than plate (it would feed three easily) and we know of one person who had it and filled up on toast.

  8. That is the epitome of entitled thinking. With so many in the world still going to bed hungry, and children starving (literally) in countries like yours and mine, why take all that food and just leave most of it. I’m a food-o-holic (it’s actually an addiction that has become recognized) and therefore it’s rare that I’ve been guilty of doing any such thing. I’ll get a take home bag if I can’t manage the portion I’m served. The dogs enjoy a lot of treats that way too, which pleases them no end. The only instances I’ve left most of what I was served was when I recently went to dinner at someone’s house and they served vegetable soup. Nothing wrong with vegetable soup, it’s ‘the’ soup for this time of year here, that and tomato usually, and the soup was homemade and the woman hosting the dinner a good cook. I have dietary problems though and anything tomato-ey in base (like the soup base was) will guarantee I spend at least a few days paying for my indulgence. Also I’m not a fan of cooked tomatoes, celery and onion, and bell pepper. I’m likely to upchuck if I force the issue. In future I’ll check with the hostess and let them know of my picky innards, and plan accordingly. It was lovely soup and I felt horrible, not only because of the waste, but because of the bad manners on my part. Did you give those wastrels a piece of your mind to feast upon? I’d have at least glared at them….

    • I said it was disgraceful as they were leaving. They didn’t bat an eye.
      It made me angry though as the food quality there is good and the bacon more like a small steak than a rasher and they had TWO each! Sheesh. That would have been enough for a sweet and sour for us.
      I sympathise with your soup and allergies Melanie.. When I entertained guests, I always asked if there was anything they could not have, having come unstuck with a prawn cocktail starter and a guest allergic to shellfish. I got round it with a quickly boiled egg, salad and mustard mayo for egg mayonnaise for him, and he loved it.

  9. rugby843 says:

    We ordered a pizza and didn’t touch part of it, we gave it to a street person.

  10. rugby843 says:

    I guess it’s their prerogative but if I’m paying, I expect you to eat what you order, or take home for another meal.

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