Restaurant Charges More If You Don’t Clear Your Plate

An Australian restaurant, Wafu, has started charging diners who don’t finish their meal 30 percent more, after Chef Yukako Ichikawa got tired of her customers’ wastefulness. More accurately, those who clean their plate get a 30 percent discount, but it sounds less shocking to say it that way. Ichikawa’s dishes are all organic and free of gluten, dairy, sugar and eggs. She warns customers with a sign on the door that reads, “Vegetables and salad on the side are NOT decorations; they are part of the meal, too.” Ichikawa works to make everything as sustainable as possible and says that those who don’t finish everything shouldn’t bother returning. [Newser]

My natural response to Ichikawa’s strictness is: “That’s fair.” It is her restaurant and it’s not like we’re talking about Cheesecake Factory-sized portions — asking customers to order carefully isn’t an evil act. Maybe telling them not to come back is slightly antisocial, but if I had a restaurant, I think it would be fun to make up actually arbitrary rules, like forcing people to sit boy-girl-boy-girl and requiring prom wear or something. Really, it sounds just like TV moms who tell us to eat all our vegetables, and don’t we need some more mothering in our lives? More importantly, perhaps, is that it makes people think about how much food they would normally waste in a day. Like with grocery stores giving you back money for bringing your own bags, it’s good to get some positive reinforcement.

Would you be a bit salty if you got charged more for not finishing your meal?