Swiss restaurant fines customers who don’t finish their food

BY Ellen Rolfes  May 13, 2014 at 11:02 AM EST

Photo by Flickr user Dennis Tang

Photo by Flickr user Dennis Tang


Bountiful buffets can make many people’s eyes too big for their stomachs as they pile too much food onto their plates. For customers at one Swiss restaurant, wasting food is going to cost them.

Petrizietta, a restaurant in Losone, Switzerland, charges customers 12 francs for an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet. But for customers who do not consume all the food on their plate, they will be charged an additional 5 francs.

Restaurant owner Giovanni Tafuro implemented the rule this week to discourage customers from wasting food. The new policy is clearly stated in the menu and at the food counter of the restaurant.

The International Business Times reported that Swiss residents waste the equivalent of one meal per day per person, throwing out two million tons of food annually.

In the U.S., more than 36 million tons of food were wasted in 2012.