Lunchtime Thai Rip OffMay 30, 2010
I was working for a couple of days this week in the West end of London. On the first day, I went out at lunchtime to find a place to eat. It’s expensive in London anyway, but it can be super expensive in the West end. I found a Thai vegetarian restaurant just a few yards up the road, with an all you can eat buffet for £5.50. Result!
I went in and was promptly led to a table. I picked up a plate and went to the buffet to fill it, just a little at a time, to pace myself. I managed three delicious platefuls before I was full. I was then ready to pay. I gave £6.00 to the waitress and waited for my 50p. It didn’t come, so I asked her if the buffet was £5.99 or £5.50, just to make sure I hadn’t misunderstood. I wouldn’t have quibbled over 1p, I’m not that tight, but I don’t have a lot of cash like many of us in these recessionary times, so I would’ve missed that 50p. Besides, if I had decided to leave it as a tip, I would’ve liked it to have been my choice, not hers. She gave me the 50p, but she was not happy and neither was I. I didn’t realise it was going to cost me 50p to be led to a table, and there wasn’t any service because I had served myself. That’s the nature of a buffet, is it not?