why don't all restaurants require people to pay upfront so nobody can dine and dash?
- Anonymous1 month ago
It's likely not a big enough problem. In bars, that's why typically they want a credit card to run if you want to run a tab so you can't just walk out when it's busy without paying for the drinks you've had.
- Anonymous1 month ago
Well if you dine and dash for a $12 plate that’s a shame.
- 1 month ago
Well that would be especially hard after COVID because I doubt anyone is going to want to touch their dirty money or credit cards until after they are done eating, not to mention people may order things as they go along, as someone else said, sometimes I get an iced tea but don't realize that I want another one until I had the first.
- Common SenseLv 71 month ago
Because folks may not know exactly what they will order to drink and eat over the course of their meal, so it is hard to pay up front for what you do not know what will be consumed/ordered....by you or everyone else in your party.
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- RichardLv 71 month ago
Unlike a retail store, restaurant patrons might order a drink, dessert, etc. after the entrée is finished.
- rLv 41 month ago
thay can run off, without paying.
- megalomaniacLv 71 month ago
Because they want you to keep ordering more than what you originally planned for. This is especially true for alcoholic beverages where they make most of their profit. Once people start drinking they tend to drink more than just one drink. And people are much more likely to have dessert if you physically come around with a dessert cart instead of asking if they want dessert before the meal and have them pre-pay. If people pre-paid their whole order they wouldn't buy as much and therefore less profits for the restaurant. Not that many people steal food compared to those who buy more than they originally intended.
- CathyLv 51 month ago
Because that would be racist silly
- Christin KLv 71 month ago
Why would anyone order a meal and pay for it before actually being able to eat it? If you want that, you go eat fast food. A good restaurant wouldn't expect you to pay for something that you didn't or couldn't eat--and if the food was inedible, I certainly would not pay for it. Restaurants know these risks--and dining and dashing is not a big one. Most restaurants don't lose so much money every year to D&D that they need to make people pay up front.
- W.T. DoorLv 71 month ago
@ Lee I have lived in eight other countries plus visited a significant part of the rest of the world and paying in advance in restaurants is very uncommon except for meals included in tours or hotel packages. Even then, if you order something not covered by the package they bring you the bill when you are finished.
@ The Guy Who Trolls Your idea is unrealistic and displays a lack of knowledge of the world on your part.
Are there only buffet restaurants in your country?