sharing is bad?

You may have seen the signs elsewhere, but I’m not concerned as much with the one on the right (ubiquitously posted in all places public) as with the one on the left. No Sharing, No Take-out, No Leftover.

I’m not even going to harp on correct grammar here. We all know or at least have noticed that a lot of people say slipper (instead of slippers), scissor (for scissors), stair (instead of stairs, or a flight of, if you want to be really correct), so we know that they mean leftovers when they say leftover. Sa Tagalog pa, “Walang Tira” ug sa Binisaya pa, “Walay Salin.

I cannot for the life of me understand the No Sharing, No Take-out, No Leftover.

Let me describe the place, if that will help. It’s a small fast-food outlet in one of the malls close to where we live. They have the regular “pick out what you want and we’ll cook it in 5 minutes or less” sort of orders, and then they have a “salad bar” of sorts where you can assemble your bowl of rice, veggies, meat and noodles after paying the package meal price at the cash register. The No Sharing, No Take-out, No Leftover rule applies to the latter.

I was too befuddled with the logic of the rule that I did not dare ask any of the people behind the counter exactly what the No Sharing, No Take-out and No Leftover rule entailed.

The No Take-out rule hits me as strange. There are eating places that charge 5% or so extra for takeout, for the plasticware in which the food gets taken away. I don’t mind paying that, as the plasticware is reusable and actually handy at home. Besides, people who do takeout do not occupy precious seats that can be otherwise populated by more paying dine-in customers. So until someone can adequately explain to me why they don’t allow take-out, I’m always going to walk past that eating place with eyebrows knit.

No Leftover(s) is also strange. I usually don’t get anything from any salad (noodle) bar that I cannot finish on my own. And should there be any leftovers—maybe my tongue didn’t agree with their cook or I may have mistakenly put in too much soy sauce in it—what were they going to do to me when they find a spoonful or two left in my bowl? Hit me with a fine? Ban me from the premises? Hang a sign on my neck that says “Takaw mata” or “Asyang Aksaya” or some such epithet? Or does it mean I can’t ask for a doggy bag? I don’t ask for doggy bags mainly because we don’t have a dog. I tell servers with no embarrassment that I would like them to bag my leftovers so I can eat them in the comfort and privacy of my own kitchen, even while standing in front of the microwave after I’ve reheated them.

Most perplexing of these rules is the No Sharing. Does it mean that if two of us walk into their premises we will need to place two orders instead of just one? And if we did place two orders, does the No Sharing rule still apply? What was going to stop me from sharing the bowl of food—for which I had already paid for—with a companion? Were they going to zip to our table the minute they spy Sam picking off a chopstick full of bean sprouts from my bowl, saying “Ops! Sir, bawal po yan!” I’d like to see them try saying that to Sam. He he he.

I dunno, maybe I should have asked the people behind the counter exactly what the rules entailed. But chances are the counter crew didn’t draw up those rules. And ever since I had that run-in with the counter crew at Tokyo-Tokyo at the Metropoint I have steered clear of run-ins with counter crews, more for their well-being than mine.

But that’s another story.

Sharing is Bad?

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7 thoughts on “Sharing is Bad?

  1. i see those rules only in connection with eat-all-you-can deals… and then it does make more sense, somehow..

    have a great year ahead, bambit (and the rest of the family, too!)

  2. baka naman ang ibig sabihin, e, ‘no sharing of spoon’ o ‘no sharing of denture’ ha ha ha

    baka naman ang ibig sabihin, e, ‘no leftover, dadami pusa dito’ he he

    ‘no take-out of crew members’? hahahehehihi

  3. bing, I’ve been told the signs mean no sharing the food, but I like the way you think 😉

    toni, there was even this sign on an apartment door in guadalupe that says Wanted Lady Boarders For Rent pero hindi ko lang nakunan ng picture. Sayang wala na yata yung karatula ngayon.

    ruth, i think it’s an impolite society that has been forced to come up with a no-sharing, no left-overs policy. We see diners who take far too much from the buffet table and take advantage of the eat-all-you can offers by restaurants. I also think the eat-all-you-can come on at restaurants appeals to man’s inclination towards gluttony, and they’re saying that it’s ok to be a glutton on your own, just don’t share your plate with a friend who didn’t get his own plate.

  4. Reading signboards also amuses me. Here are samples from Kathmandu, Nepal where I live:

    – Feminist Beauty Parlor
    – Unique School (a regular high school)
    – Albert Einstein College (hmm…pwede pa, baka science school sha)
    – Future Stars High School (and it’s not an acting school)
    – Lalitpur Multi-Purpose Secondary School (parang multi-purpose coop, ano?)

    But back home in the ’80s I remember up North (Ilocos yata yun, reading a ‘Pulutan and School Supplies’ store sign – o di ba ok sa range of merchandise? ahahaha!

  5. the no sharing probably is because of the mandurugas type of diner. (you know, paying for one pero kung kumain naman yung ka-share eh parang isang order na din) so lugi si resto.

    the “no take-out and no leftovers rule” are probably because hm, again because of abusive diners. getting more than too much and then will declare as leftovers to take-out.—i’ve met people na siguradong gagawa ng ganon, grabe!

  6. NO SHARING: hmm maybe each person must order lol
    obviously you cant bring a company if the other one wont eat.

    NO LEFTOVER: hoy masarap luto namin dapat ubusin ha
    kaya di pwede may left over.

    NO TAKEAWAY: no leftover means maybe you cant ask for container for takeway leftover

    this really brighten a grey day!!!!

    hurrah more pls

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