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Vote: Do you doggy bag?

Is it ok to takeaway? Vote now.

Published on February 7th 2011.

Vote: Do you doggy bag?

To throw or not to throw, that is the question.

When you finish a meal in a restaurant, but there’s plenty left on your plate, do you take what’s rightfully yours, or is it degrading to ask for a doggy-bag?

There are no rules that damn you for gingerly approaching the restaurant staff and politely requesting a little brown bag or white polystyrene box to slap your slice of pizza/steak/special chow me in and take away.

Surely we shouldn’t feel cheeky over wanting to keep leftovers? They are rightfully, legally, ours to do with what we please. After all... we’ve paid for it.

Moyo and Gordo went out for a late night (or early morning, depending on your view) Chinese recently. Gordo ordered half the menu, ate some of it, then asked the waiter to take the rest away. Moyo wanted to bag the substantial remainder up to take home for the rest of the week. Gordo went into shock and pulled a face.

Many of us starve ourselves before we go out for a meal, saying to colleagues in the office: “I’d best skip mid-afternoon coffee and cakes - I’m saving myself for tonight.”Then we find ourselves sat at a table after half a bottle of house white, stuffed to our inner core after eight mouthfuls, and having to endure the heart-wrenching moment when the waiter remorsefully bins our food.

Whether we’re at a swanky restaurant or our local McDonalds, we should lift our heads proudly and ask for a doggy-bag.

We’ve all had that stab of hunger that strikes just before bed, when your appetite comes back with a vengeance. The perfect time to finish the meal you actually went out for in the first place.

But some people are too polite, too shy or think it unacceptable to have that slab of chocolate gateaux boxed up for later.

So... is it wrong to ask for a doggy bag? Or are we wrong to not ask? Vote and rant...

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7 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

J E SibberingFebruary 9th 2011.

We waste far, far too much food. I voted Yes.

JFebruary 21st 2011.

Of course I would ask for a doggy bag! The only time, and I mean ONLY time I wouldn't is IF I was going clubbing afterwards...which isn't very likely!!! :-) Seriously though, you paid for it at marked up prices...what a waste that would be!

JFebruary 21st 2011.

It would actually be interesting to hear from a few of those who voted NO. Why?

czechpleaseFebruary 22nd 2011.

Anyone seen the Curb Your Enthusiasm sketch...?

clean plateFebruary 23rd 2011.

I voted no, so in response to J, I don´t ask for a doggy back as I order what I want to eat

JFebruary 23rd 2011.

Thanks Clean Plate, your username says it all really!!! I wonder what you'd do if your plate wasn't so clean though?

DescartesMarch 30th 2011.

We waste so much food in restaurants.

Anything not doggy bagged should be given to passing vagrants.

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