Should restaurant patrons have time limits?
Zagat Survey: 60% of Americans angry about slow eaters
In a recent nationwide Zagat Poll, 60% of respondents thought that restaurants should impose time limits on all diners in their restaurants. Supposedly to eliminate waits in popular places during “peak hours.”
Would you support time limits at restaurants?
I’m not afraid to say I think it’s a dumb idea.
To try and “equalize” a personal experience like eating and drinking at a restaurant goes against what this country is. You may be a slow eater, or want to sober up after drinking, or have more time to catch up with friends and family in a casual non-rushed atmosphere. You’re supposed to enjoy yourself, not feel like you’re on a factory assembly line!
If a place is very popular and busy, and you hate waiting – maybe some advance planning or going during off-peak times if you love an establishment that much?
However, I wouldn’t be opposed to a “three strikes and you’re out unruly child” policy. Because hyper and boisterous children in restaurants is an unpleasant experience.
Then again – policies at private establishments should be up to the owner – and the customer can decide if they want to continue patronizing the restaurant.
Would you be for against a “time limit” at your favorite restaurant?