Restaurant: Eat it all or pay

December 12, 2008 7:10:16 AM PST
Eat up, or you'll pay extra.

Hayashi Ya is a Japanese restaurant on Manhattan's West Side. They have an all-you-can eat special for about $27.

But manager Ben Lin doesn't want to see any wasted food. So, the restaurant has a 30-percent surcharge for people who don't clean their plates. That adds about 8 bucks to the tab.

Wasting food isn't confined to all-you-can-eat buffets.

A 2004 University of Arizona study found that 40 to 50 percent of U.S. food is tossed out.