I just got back from one of the most singularly upsetting evenings I've had. As I type this, I'm waiting on Pizza delivery. Why, you may ask?
Well... If you're American, you've no doubt seen commercials on the TV regularly for Golden Corral Buffet. They are a national chain in a good
number of states. They regularly claim dinner can be had "for around $10" Well..it's a wild definition of what they call "around" when 2 adults
and a child run at $42.00 and change. Last time we were there it was a somewhere in the mid $30's for the 3 of us.
When I asked, before giving my opinion of their value vs. dollar in a rather direct fashion, they explained it was the drinks and if we didn't want
anything to drink, why, it would be around $10. Water is also a charge, though less than what they rake you over the coals for on a Soda or sweet
Perhaps I am jaded, but the years trucking gave me the opportunity to have some of the best food this nation offers at the level of a casual walk in
without dress codes. Generally in Nevada, but not always. I've never seen an average, run of the mill buffet with nothing special going on that
night, running out at that high a rate. I've paid similar for Lobster buffets or other special events. Often times more, in MUCH nicer places than a
Anyway.. I wanted to rant a bit and needed to get this off my chest. They first said they were going to ring us up for the drinks anyway at nearly
$10, despite only having stood in line with the things on a tray. Upon arriving home, it looks like nothing was charged after all. Good... It saved me
a trip to the courthouse in the morning for a small claims filing. ( I have had no end of problems with previous reverse charge attempts for a CC or
It's not the money...obviously by the fact the small claims on charges would run a bit more (not much) than the meal. It's the principle of the
thing and the charging my card for drinks? Oh... Well.. There are times my beautiful white fur has a slight red tint. It matches the shade I'm
looking through at the time.
So remember, the next time you hear an ad say "Around" a price (especially $10 for a buffet?) ...'Around' leaves a WIDE MARGIN in some people's
minds. Wide enough to pass a few semi-trucks without touching mirrors.
** By the way... The sign board everyone sees? Says 8.99 for buffets with a lower rate for seniors. Off to the side and in print fully half the size,
is the other price for dinner. It is around $10...making the drinks nearly a full 1/3 more that cost for each plate.... The drive through isn't the
only place you get...well...intimate contact not asked for.