'Hearty Eaters' Say Buffet Banned Them
Jan 2 04:22 PM US/Eastern     

HOUMA, La. (AP) - A 6-foot-3, 265-pound man says a restaurant overcharged him for his trips to the buffet line, then banned him and a relative because they're hearty eaters.

Ricky Labit, a disabled offshore worker, said he had been a regular for eight months at the Manchuria Restaurant in Houma, eating there as often as three times a week.

On his most recent visit, he said, a waitress gave him and his wife's cousin, 44-year-old Michael Borrelli, a bill for $46.40, roughly double the buffet price for two adults.

"She says, 'Y'all fat, and y'all eat too much,'" Labit said.

Labit and Borrelli said they felt discriminated against because of their size. "I was stunned, that somebody would say something like that. I ain't that fat, I only weigh 277," Borrelli said, adding that a waitress told him he looked like he a had a "baby in the belly."

There's a vegan buffet in my town that I occasionally visit with a similar problem — massive unkempt dude pounds it away. Pretty sure he hasn't been cut off or had a "fat tax" added but his gargantuan size and unshowered visage are awkward reminders to other patrons that "there, but for the grace of G_d, go I…" Could be a good strategy for buffet owners — hire a big dude to dine at peak times to reduce intake of all other patrons.


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