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11. Posted by jessyt81 (Budding Member 18 posts) 7y

I think food wastage is horrible and I love giving my leftovers to the homeless; however, eating someone's leftovers without asking while they're still sitting at the table is just poor manners. I don't believe that doing so is socially acceptable anywhere in the world.

12. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

Quoting sapphyre

Never, and you gotta be kidding!

I've only seen people do it once or twice here and they were runaways.

And to make matters more shocking, this girl is a bit cute or maybe she is just too blonde and fashionable to be eating SHREDS of vegetables and the garnishing...

I've met other ultra cheap travellers, but this was the most pathetic.

13. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

Quoting jessyt81

I think food wastage is horrible and I love giving my leftovers to the homeless; however, eating someone's leftovers without asking while they're still sitting at the table is just poor manners. I don't believe that doing so is socially acceptable anywhere in the world.

I always force my friends to finish their food and I can really be so demanding/antagonizing.

But this true story that happened in Sichuan,China, the left overs were vegetables like: onions, bellpeppers, and shreds of other greens that I can't recognize. And yes, she didn't ask permission. The people who ate the meal just told her to try the other plates coz it taste good... I don't know if they were being kind... But they try to make her feel comfortble. Maybe they are just kind to backpackers.

I can't believe people could be that stingy. We could have just ordered food. I lost my appetite that night.

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15. Posted by CaptainKay (Budding Member 17 posts) 7y

Ok, so that story isn't very nice, but its not too bad. I've seen people do that before and been with people that do it too. I've also known people to go round a club picking up other peoples drinks (alcoholic that is) because they can't afford to pay for another themselves... that is pretty gross and also quite dangerous.

BUT one of the most disgusting things that's happened to me is when I was traveling. We were in a town staying over the night so that we could take a train ride the next day. We went to a street vendor to get some food, the best way to describe it was that it was a risotto type thing with meat in it, not sure what kind. We were eating it and my friend was about to take a bite into her meat when she noticed something moving, it was a magot. But she thought... oh well, ripped of the piece containing said maggot and ate the rest of her meal.

She was fine, and enjoyed it. Made me a bit cautious of mine though...

Charlie

16. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

Quoting CaptainKay

I've also known people to go round a club picking up other peoples drinks (alcoholic that is) because they can't afford to pay for another themselves... that is pretty gross and also quite dangerous.

People do that? you are right its dangerous...

17. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

Quoting Redpaddy

Iceland cleared me out. I was emptying the dregs from left over packets of powdered soup in the kitchen.
Went for a month - came home after 2 weeks. Fascinating country, but surely there's not one dearer anywhere on the planet. I thought Norway was expensive until I went there.
3 examples.... Fish and chips (take away) €30, Mars bar €4 and a 500ml beer €11. I knew nobody would believe me, so I took photos of the prices and menus.
Scary stuff.

I think that stuff like this happens all the time. Often it is inexperienced travellers or people who just didn't know how much things would cost or or ... . It would be these people who are eating left-overs.

You were lucky, redpaddy, that you could change your flight back home or had the resources to buy a new flight ticket. Many people aren't that lucky, they are stuck until their return flight leaves.

18. Posted by boulderman (Respected Member 418 posts) 7y

The food in Croatia was so tasty in a buffet restaurant I ate 3 different starters 4 main courses (different) and 4 puddings (different).

Didn't need to eat for 3 days after :)

19. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

quoting t_maia....

I think that stuff like this happens all the time. Often it is inexperienced travellers or people who just didn't know how much things would cost or or ... . It would be these people who are eating left-overs.

You were lucky, redpaddy, that you could change your flight back home or had the resources to buy a new flight ticket. Many people aren't that lucky, they are stuck until their return flight leaves

You're so close to reality with what happened to me. I did very little research before I left Glasgow for the 2 hour flight north to Keflavik airport. Head filled with sand from start to finish.
However, it wasn't luck that allowed me to change my flight home, it was - as you say, having the resources to pay for a new ticket. Icelandair are not cheap - or not usually. I turned up at the airport two hours before the flight left and they sold me a bargain, just to fill the seat.
I tell you, I was that desperate to get home - I was prepared to get arrested if the flight was beyond my budget (no debit or credit card, just a small amount of cash left). At least while I was waiting to be either tried in court or deported, they would have had to feed me in custody.
How I went so terribly wrong, is still beyond me. I had been travelling for years before doing this disastrous trip and never been in such a mess.
Live and learn I s'pose.

20. Posted by boulderman (Respected Member 418 posts) 7y

A month in Iceland? I am not prepared to to Norway or Iceland yet whilst they hunt Whales. In Norway a cucumber is 7 Euros. 5 Pounds.

I sometimes had the free food, but not the pasta stuff. I was after eggs in Finland and went through 7 common common rooms, all were bare but the last one had 2 eggs! I always pack a big lunch to fill me on the first day if a country is expensive or haven't the time to search for a local place.