Would You Eat a Stranger’s Leftovers at a Restaurant?

Ever walked past a table at a restaurant where the people just left and debated whether to grab a handful of the fries they barely even touched?

 

There’s a debate online right now about whether or not it’s cool to eat a stranger’s leftovers off a table at a restaurant.  There’s even a term for that:  “Free-range mooching.”

 

The big pros:  Free food . . . you cut down on the insane amount of food waste at restaurants . . . and it’s not as gross as, say, eating food out of a dumpster.

 

The big cons:  You have to tuck ALL your germophobe tendencies away . . . it’s not socially acceptable and it could be embarrassing if people see you . . . and since it could be a liability issue for restaurants, they could kick you out if they catch you.

 

So, after all that . . . would you do some free-range mooching?  And if the answer is yes, are there some foods where you’d draw the line, like soup or half a milkshake?

 

(OK Whatever)