The article I read over the internet has inspired me to reproduce the same for Dubai Metblogs.
I feel pain and ashamed of how the food is wasted in UAE. Serving size in UAE outsize what is served in US at the known food outlets. Wastage is equally enormous,
Please read below., and try best not to over-order or waste the food. educate the children to share & finish before over-ordering and leaving a portion untouched.
*MONEY IS YOURS BUT RESOURCES BELONG TO THE SOCIETY.**
*Germany is a highly industrialized country. It produces top brands like
Benz, BMW, Siemens etc. The nuclear reactor pump is made in a small town in
In such a country, many will think its people lead a luxurious life. At
least that was my impression before my study trip.
When I arrived at Hamburg , my colleagues who work in Hamburg arranged a
welcome party for me in a restaurant. As we walked into the restaurant, we
noticed that a lot of tables were empty. There was a table where a young
couple was having their meal. There were only two dishes and two cans of
beer on the table. I wondered if such simple meal could be romantic, and
whether the girl will leave this stingy guy.
There were a few old ladies on another table. When a dish is served, the
waiter would distribute the food for them, and they would finish every bit
of the food on their plates.
We did not pay much attention to them, as we were looking forward to the
dishes we ordered. As we were hungry, our local colleague ordered more food
As the restaurant was quiet, the food came quite fast. Since there were
other activities arranged for us, we did not spend much time dining. When we
left, there was still about one third of unconsumed food on the table.
When we were leaving the restaurant, we heard someone calling us. We noticed
the old ladies in the restaurant were talking about us to the restaurant
owner. When they spoke to us in English, we understood
that they were unhappy about us wasting so much food. We immediately felt
that they were really being too busybody.** *
*”We paid for our food, it is none of your business how much food we left
behind,” my colleague Gui told the old ladies.
The old ladies were furious. One of them immediately took her hand phone out
and made a call to someone. After a while, a man in uniform claimed to be an
officer from the Social Security organisation arrived. Upon knowing what
the dispute was, he issued us a 50 Euro fine. We all kept quiet. The local
colleague took out a 50 Euro note and repeatedly apologized to the officer.
The officer told us in a stern voice, *
*”ORDER WHAT YOU CAN CONSUME, MONEY IS YOURS BUT RESOURCES BELONG TO THE
SOCIETY. THERE ARE MANY OTHERS IN THE WORLD WHO ARE FACING SHORTAGE OF
RESOURCES. YOU HAVE NO REASON TO WASTE RESOURCES.´”
Our face turned red. We all agreed with him in our hearts. The mindset of
people of this rich country put all of us to shame. WE REALLY NEED TO
REFLECT ON THIS. We are from country which is not very rich in resources.
To save face, we order large quantity and also waste food when we give
others a treat. THIS LESSON TAUGHT US A LESSON TO THINK SERIOUSLY ABOUT
CHANGING OUR BAD HABITS.
My colleague photostatted the fine ticket and gave a copy to each of us as a
souvenir. All of us kept it and pasted on our wall to remind us that we
shall never be wasteful. *