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Restaurant fines diners for leftovers

Sept. 14, 2011 at 8:25 PM

DAMMAM, Saudi Arabia, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- A restaurant owner in Saudi Arabia says he is cracking down on food wastage by fining diners who don't eat everything they order.

Fahad al Anezi, of Dammam, said customers often order a large quantity of food as a status symbol at his establishment, the Marmar Restaurant, the (United Arab Emirates) Gulf News reported Wednesday.

"There are many clients who make large orders in order to impress the people around them and boost their social prestige," he said.

Al Anezi calculates the fines based on the amount of food left over and said he has received support from other Saudis for his idea.

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