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to think it's cheeky when my friend eats my leftovers?

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HarlemHallow Fri 08-Mar-13 14:20:11

Now I probably am being unreasonable, but I have noticed on a few occasions my friend will not order food and then will eat our leftovers.

Such as I ordered a dessert, too big and I couldn't eat it all. She had refused to order a dessert and then when I finished she took a spoon and started eating it herself.

Another time me and a friend had a sharing platter and again didn't finish it and she started helping herself to it.

I guess the food is just going to waste so she might as well eat it but I do think it's quite cheeky still.

Alligatorpie Sat 09-Mar-13 10:32:42

She is being cheap. As a one off, fine, but every time would really annoy me.

Ask her if she wants to share a dessert, if yes, she can pay for half. If not, either take tiny, tiny bites and make your dessert last really long, keep picking until you see a passing waiter and hand him your plate with the remains. You can then say to your friend "I knew if I kept it in front of me, I would eat the while thing, and I don't need to"

OTT, maybe, but I can't stand cheap people.

Edlyu Sat 09-Mar-13 10:11:01

Could be worse .

I have an acquaintance who once ate leftovers at a communal table . The rest of the party were complete strangers and she picked from their plates as they were passed up the long table. Now thats minging

At the next meal she attends ,why don't you as friends all routinely pass her your nearly empty plates with the clear expectation that she will eat from them . If she protests just look bewildered and tell her you assumed this is what she wants as she has done so at every other meal you share.

Unless she is just a greedy pig and doesnt care how she appears she will probably be horrified and stop her antics.

However , you might lose a friend. sad

Shodan Sat 09-Mar-13 10:06:18

Actually I think I can kind of see your point - because DH used to do this. I didn't (and don't) mind anyone finishing off anything I've left on my plate- so long as they a) give it a decent interval between my finishing (in case I suddenly find a spare bit of room in my tummy) and b)ask if it's ok.

When DH used to do it, I started feeling a little bit harassed, as he would swoop every time I put my cutlery down, if he thought I was finished. I did actually tap his knuckles with my spoon once, after having told him several times that he should ask first blush

He doesn't do it to me anymore- but I have caught him doing with ds2's meal!! (Only once, mind)

So, on balance, I think YAprobablyNBU.

StrawberryMojito Sat 09-Mar-13 09:51:17

YANBU. She's tight and after freebies.. Agree to those who say ask her before hand if she wants to share your pudding, if she says no and still tucks in split the cost. Either that or put a napkin over it when you're done or idly play with it until the bill comes.

Other option- say "stop eating my left overs, it annoys me. If you want a dessert, order one!"

Areyoumadorisitme Sat 09-Mar-13 09:51:16


It is not about wasting food but about your friend continually trying not to pay for starter/dessert but eat it anyway. That is rude.

A one-off is completely different and I wouldn't mind that at all. It is the repetitive nature of it that makes it unacceptable.

I go with the suggestion that next time you say "do you want to share a pudding then we can split the cost", then you either share and split the cost or she says no and can't reasonably then start eating yours can she? Problem solved in theory

I am surprised at the about of YABUs you've got OP, I definitely think YANBU.

HecateWhoopass Sat 09-Mar-13 09:43:46

Tell her you don't like it.

Or when it comes to ordering, say to her "You should order your own pudding, I'm feeling really hungry and I don't think I'll be leaving any this time."

Or ask the waiter to give you a half portion.

Or don't wait for her to take it - give it to her! Then you are in control. You have chosen to give it to her.

everlong Sat 09-Mar-13 09:42:31

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Maggie111 Sat 09-Mar-13 09:39:07

You are being unreasonable, although I'd really hate watching someone eat my leftovers - but I am unreasonable too!

I'd be mad if she didn't order any food and then picked at my own - but as she bought her own, even just the one course it wouldn't bother me.

SomethingOnce Sat 09-Mar-13 09:22:43

I hate wasted food so think YABU and a bit petty.

twofingerstoGideon Sat 09-Mar-13 07:35:47

I always finish my main course, and yes sometimes I can't finish eating my dessert.
I'll eat 3/4 of it so I don't really see the problem tbh.

So now you're saying you generally eat everything except about 1/4 of your dessert... So actually you're whining about friend eating a tiny amount of leftover pud.

TheSloppelganger Sat 09-Mar-13 06:47:16

If it was an occasional: "Ooh, its a shame to waste that as it looks so lovely - would you mind if I ate the rest?" I would perfectly happily pass something over to a friend.

Or if it went both ways with both people taking it in turns to finish up each other's leftover food/drink. Then I would also be fine with having people finishing up my stuff as long as I sometimes got a nibble of theirs.

But as it is, with her hovering like a vulture just waiting for cutlery to be downed before just diving into the food without so much as a by your leave, every single time - then I would feel taken advantage of.

I must admit if this was happening to me I would just sit with my fork welded to my hand, periodically nibbling minutely at my food until it was either all gone, the waiter came to clear away, or it was time for us to leave.

Just so she didn't get the chance to score a freebie every time - then maybe she'd start wanting to split dessert (and the price of it) like a normal person, rather than forever snatching up leftovers.

I am a bit of a Joey though, and anyone trying to take my food without permission should reasonably expect to lose a finger or three.

PlinkyLove Sat 09-Mar-13 01:18:40

Yes., I think it is morally right not to incur waste.

OutragedFromLeeds Sat 09-Mar-13 00:45:21


My dad does this because he can't stand waste. He'll often pay for the whole bill, so it's not a case of being skint or tight. Just doesn't like wasting food, as a result of growing with not enough probably.

I think worrying about what happens to food you don't want, are finished with, can't manage any more of falls into the category of 'life's too short'.

Just offer her your leftovers and then it won't seem so rude because she's been invited to eat them.

Catchingmockingbirds Sat 09-Mar-13 00:42:04

Yanbu! So rude.

GreenEggsAndNichts Sat 09-Mar-13 00:39:33

I should add, though, that I really dislike eating when other people aren't. I try to avoid it if possible. I probably wouldn't be ordering dessert if she weren't, to begin with.

GreenEggsAndNichts Sat 09-Mar-13 00:38:40

Not sure I'd be upset about the eating as much as the hovering. I think if she were making a habit of this food-finishing, I'd feel as if she were sitting there, willing me to not finish my food so she could get her fill.

It's weird. YANBU.

If it were a one-off, I'd feel differently.

WorraLiberty Sat 09-Mar-13 00:38:22

Jeez do you worry about where your shit is going to end up when you flush the toilet?


Then who cares what happens to the food you over ordered as long as you're finished with it.

PureQuintessence Sat 09-Mar-13 00:34:00

You seriously need to work on your greed or stop overeating op.

I bet your friends are really pissed off that your belly is full before your mind, and they feel compelled to eat your waste!

ImperialBlether Sat 09-Mar-13 00:17:11

It depends how you grew up, Holly. If you grew up very poor with brothers who would take food off your plate when you weren't looking, you might think differently.

HollyBerryBush Fri 08-Mar-13 21:48:09

Sometimes MN is like Victorian Briatain, with an attack of the vapours.

Worse even than this is when someone just watches you eating, waiting for you to put your fork down so that they can take something from your plate. Makes me ill.

Can't say I'd be ill if someone watched me eat and took a chip from my plate, but I realise there area lot of -isms out there these days

Scholes34 Fri 08-Mar-13 21:42:27

The friend isn't desperate for a pudding, hence she doesn't order one. However, if there's food that would otherwise be thrown away, what's the harm in eating it? If it bothers the OP that much, don't order what you can't eat.

rainbow2000 Fri 08-Mar-13 21:24:15

Its not the point its being wasteful she is not paying for it the op is,so its up to her to decide who eats it.She is just mean to much of a skinflint to buy her own.

ImperialBlether Fri 08-Mar-13 20:51:24

I'm with you OP. I can't bear anyone eating my food, whether I want it or not. If someone starts to take food off my plate, I stop eating.

Worse even than this is when someone just watches you eating, waiting for you to put your fork down so that they can take something from your plate. Makes me ill.

ponyandpotatopie Fri 08-Mar-13 19:22:30

Next time mash it all up with your fork
See if the tightwad eats it then

seriouscakeeater Fri 08-Mar-13 18:35:36

I think this might my DD??!! (18) on her quest to be ever thin so she can climb through a letter box, she will never order any thing when we eat out, as she is never 'that' hungry, but when take away,meal, dinner arrives she just wants a 'tiny' bit of mine and DH meal. Which ends up in it being split 3 ways. I've started refusing but then feel guilty and give in, then the same happens for dessert!

I like the 'oh i'll eat that later' method for the OP.

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