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to think it's a bit odd to bring your own food into a restaurant?

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CartwrightMiss Sun 26-May-13 18:57:17

Friend had a birthday weekend away and there was 5 of us in the group.

One of the women who I don't know that well each time we would go out for breakfast she would go to Sainsbury's before and buy food and then eat it in the restaurant whilst the rest of ate the food we'd ordered.

She doesn't have a food allergy either. Is it me or aibu to think that it's a little bit odd?

LRDtheFeministDragon Sun 26-May-13 18:57:52

Yes, very odd, and most restaurants won't let you do that, will they?

treaclesoda Sun 26-May-13 18:58:52

Not just odd but rude. I'd be mightily pissed off if I was the restaurant owner.

Juniperdewdropofbrandy Sun 26-May-13 18:59:27

I didn't think restaurants would allow that?

Tooearlyintheday Sun 26-May-13 18:59:47

It's very odd and I can't believe the restaurants would've allowed it had the realised what she was doing but I'd assume she was completely skint and probably very embarrassed about it.

scarletforya Sun 26-May-13 19:00:42

What was she scoffing?

ZZZenagain Sun 26-May-13 19:00:43

why was she doing that? Was it to save money?

MagicHouse Sun 26-May-13 19:00:58

a bit odd - maybe she couldn't afford the restaurant prices?? But even so - if she didn't want to eat there, it would probably be better to meet you later than take food into a restaurant.

CartwrightMiss Sun 26-May-13 19:02:31

why was she doing that? Was it to save money?

I did think that but she must have been spending the same amount as we did, maybe a little less but not by a huge difference.

Leeds2 Sun 26-May-13 19:03:02

If you have serious allergy/allergies fair enough, but if you don't, I think that is a bit off. I have a friend who follows a dairy and gluten free menu, and she can always find something to eat in mainstream restaurants.

The lady may have no money, in which case I admire her for turning up, but I am surprised the restaurants allow it.

CartwrightMiss Sun 26-May-13 19:03:40

I didn't think restaurants would allow that?

No I doubt any restaurant would but she only ate the food after ours had been served so I doubt it was ever noticed - as something would have been said.

complexnumber Sun 26-May-13 19:04:04

Did she use the restaurant's stuff as all (knives, forks, plates etc) she sounds very ooo.

CartwrightMiss Sun 26-May-13 19:05:26

The lady may have no money

Not a money issue either, as she went shopping whist we were there and the price she was paying for food would have been near to what we were paying anyway.

Tooearlyintheday Sun 26-May-13 19:05:31

Odder still then Cartwright if it wasn't a financial issue. Perhaps she has a phobia about eating food she hasn't prepared? I have a friend who is recovering from an eating disorder who is still incredibly particular about having to prepare her own food.

CartwrightMiss Sun 26-May-13 19:06:16

Did she use the restaurant's stuff

I don't think so, she used a spoon but I think she already had that in her bag.

CaptainSweatPants Sun 26-May-13 19:06:53

sounds like an eating disorder
having to control exactly what she was eating

ZZZenagain Sun 26-May-13 19:07:04

unless she is on some sort of a rigid diet or is one of those people who only like to eat what they are used to, it is odd.

I can't see this going down well with restaurant management.

CartwrightMiss Sun 26-May-13 19:08:20

Perhaps she has a phobia about eating food she hasn't prepared?

She would order food in the evening though. I did hear her mentioned SW once so I guess she was on a diet - which is the only explanation I can think of.

But the food she would order for dinner wasn't overly healthy.

yaimee Sun 26-May-13 19:08:43

What did she have nosy

Tooearlyintheday Sun 26-May-13 19:10:50

Ah it could be the curse of SW then! Did muller lights and mug shots feature heavily? smile

edlyu Sun 26-May-13 19:12:53

Does she eat in restaurants etc at other times?

Perhaps she has a variety of the food phobia where she cant eat food prepared in certain kitchens?

WeAreEternal Sun 26-May-13 19:14:47

In my studen years I had a friend who used do that every time we went out. We all just thought she was weird.

We later realised she had a serious eating disorder and was so obsessive about her food she would only eat certain things by certain brands as she knew exacty what was in them, which is why she couldn't allow herself to order food in restaurants.

CartwrightMiss Sun 26-May-13 19:15:53

But she did order food in restaurants WeAreEternal it was only breakfast she would eat her own food.

GoodbyePorkPie Sun 26-May-13 19:16:18

I think she was tipped off by a health inspector friend that the restaurant has been flagged up in the past for cockroach infestations.

blondefriend Sun 26-May-13 19:18:05

Sounds like an eating disorder to me too. I also have a friend/colleague who does a similar thing. She eats the same for breakfast/lunch/dinner so will either bring the appropriate food item or not eat at all (just drink mineral water).

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