Honestly, I don’t believe its fair to say “all you can eat” unless its true. Otherwise, you should put some type of detailed limit.

But attempts must have been made and probably continue.

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    I went with my Vietnamese colleague to an all you can eat sushi place in Savannah after we spent two weeks doing hurricane response when I was still in the Coast Guard. This dude ate 32 rolls of sushi, and the old lady running the place loved him. At a certain point, I think she just wanted to see how many it would take before he tapped out. I think I ate ten or twelve rolls, and just sat there in awe while the dude just kept shoveling food into his mouth. To be fair, we’d been working 20 hour days for two weeks and the ship was running out of food before we pulled into port.

    Later on, found out that same dude cheated on his wife, then found out his wife was pregnant, they tried to work it out, she had a miscarriage, and he filed for divorce two weeks later. Fun times

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      I had a sushi binge once back in college. I went to eat lunch with my friends at the local Vietnamese place and we definitely overate. I was supposed to meet with my frat sponsor later that night and was worried that I might not get dinner before 9pm. Turns out my sponsor had planned to surprise me by taking me out to a fairly upscale sushi place for dinner since he knew I loved it. We get to the restaurant and he orders “the boat” which contains like 50+ pieces of sushi (for just the two of us). When the food came out I was worried I wouldn’t be able to eat but turns out I can make extra space for sushi. I demolished that boat and ate more than my sponsor. He was legit impressed when I finally admitted that I had eaten a big lunch before hand.

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      Imagine four guys that workout a lot, trying to gain mass after a cut, going to an all you can eat sushi place…

      The waitress was just laughing her ass off when passing by our table and seeing another order slip, we filled the table four times before we felt we had enough…

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        Oh I can imagine. Two young military officers coming off a few weeks at sea working 20+ hour days led to this story. We went back with more people the next day, and I thought we were gonna clear the place out

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        Honestly the rolls they were serving were at least double the size of most other places I’ve gone. Might’ve had something to do with the major hurricane that just rolled through tho

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      When you say roll, do you mean the entire cylinder of sushi?

      Or do you mean the bite sized circle of one sushi entree?

      I can’t imagine a person scarfing 30 cylinder entrees of sushi unless they’re a competitive eater or something. That’s nuts.

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        I’m wondering the same. 32 pieces of sushi is easy, I’ve done that many times in my life. 32 full rolls? Jesus. I think I’ve done 5 or 6 max.

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          They gotta mean individual pieces, not full rolls. The volume alone of 32 full rolls is just more than a stomach could fit!

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        Full roll, not just individual pieces. Most places I’ve been to have 4-7 pieces in a roll, this place had 10 or 12

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      Would be more honest though. If I’m taking it slow eating then I’m taking it slow goddammit.

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        I think this is targeting folks who finish eating a meal and then never leave the restaurant. So a more technical truth would be all you can eat within the reasonable definition of how long one meal lasts.

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          Me and 5 other fatties in middle school (like almost 20 years ago) got kicked out of a CiCi’s pizza for eating too much food in like 30 minutes.

          We were like the first people who ate so much that they started losing money lmao

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            I mean, that would definitely be against the idea. The whole reasoning behind a concept of all.you can eat is that on average, you make money, but on occasion, you’ll lose money. It’s like the casino. They don’t make money off every single person, as some they’ll lose money, but on average, they make more than they lose per person.

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          I’m fine with it as long as I can slowly make my way through a ginormous meal for hours

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            I honestly would be ok with someone limiting that. You’re taking up table space along with not really following the concept I gave. I don’t think anyone thinks a meal reasonably last hours. Two hours would likely be my limit to be honest if I magically inherited an all you can eat buffet restaurant. You’d be representing a very small portion of the target audience and would be a outsized loss on the model. Maybe I could be convinced a little longer, but at a certain point, you’re not only representing a loss in margins, but a loss in being able to serve other people. Like, I get the idea that someone wants to “take advantage” but it’s not really helping the cause to keep restaurants like this in business. Exploiting everything you can is just not a mindset I can get behind unless it’s against a big corporation doing the same to their employees and contractors. Which is usually not the case behind all you can eats. Some are franchises which are debatable, but most are single owned restaurants.

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              The concept was all you can eat. You’re gambling that I eat little enough to make big bucks on it. It’s a shit system if there’s no possibility for me of winning.

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                That was not the concept in my comment at all. That just simply ignores the basic tenet as a whole.

                Edit: you can still win by just simply eating a lot, but exploiting it by staying for multiple meals is what I consider too far hence my whole comment.

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    I get what you’re saying OP, but ‘all you can eat’ doesn’t mean eat, digest for a few hours and go eat more…

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      Personally, raised with 5 other siblings, I don’t normally hold back so I’d be waddling out in 45 minutes flat questioning my life decisions for the following 18hrs.

      But I do know people who would try to take full advantage and try to time it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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    There was an attempt to make a funny post by a person who doesn’t know this is a direct quote from a comedian.

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    Do these seem like the actions of a man who had “ALL HE COULD EAT?”

    seriously though just put a 1 hour limit on it

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    When I was a kid 84 yrs ago, me and my friend would go to Sizzler for all-you-can-eat. We’d stay about 4 hrs, we would try to eat as much as we could and try to drop a deuce to eat more lol.

    …and I just realized that’s like bullemia of the ass.

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    All you can eat for one meal, they can’t have you sitting there for 8 hours when you’re only going to be eating at most 2 of those 8. You’re taking up space that could be used by other guests if you’re just setting up camp in the restaurant

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      Most buffet restaurants get around this by closing for one hour between lunch and dinner, and/or a maximum time limit.

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        One of the restaurants at my work does an all you can eat crab during some parts of the year. Really it’s all you can eat for 90 minutes, they even put a timer on your table lol

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          Whoa, too bad you don’t get a reward for finishing early like “Company Can Cozies if you finish 2 Platters of crab in 15 mimutes.” . I’d bet even for that the office would make it a competition.

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    what did you do after you left the all you can eat buffet?

    We pretty much went straight home.

    Mrs Simpson, may I remind you that you are under oath.

    We drove around for 4 hours looking for another all you can eat seafood buffet

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    11 months ago

    “You can’t make me stop. The sign says 'All you can eat for 16.99.”

    "Yes sir. 4 plates is all you can eat for $16.99.

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    Image Transcription:

    A photo of a restaurant window with the text decal reading: Chinese Restaurant All you can eat buffet Not mean all day buffet You no come stay 4 hour You eat - you go home

    [I am a human, if I’ve made a mistake please let me know. Please consider providing alt-text for ease of use. Thank you. 💜]

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      Question, what’s the best method of putting the transcription on posts on lemmy? At the top, bottom, does it matter if I bold the “Image Transcription” text?

      I fully understand and agree it’s important just not sure the best way to use it and I have to start remembering.

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        I think the best way is as the description with the image, same place as where you’ve written about it not being fair to call it “all you can eat” on this post.

        I don’t think it would matter if you bold the “Image Transcription” text, a lot of the time I’ve seen it written in square brackets to differentiate it.