Nugget of Knowledge: Wasted food tax

America's take-out option is unique

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Humans waste a lot of food.

When we eat out, we simply get a take-out box, but this is unique to the United States.

Several restaurants in Germany have come up with a new way to reduce food waste and increase profits.

This from the website Conde Nast Traveler: There are Japanese and Chinese restaurants that are now fining their customers who fail to finish their meals. The lesson: Order only what you’re able to eat.

At the Yuoki all-you-can-eat sushi buffet in Stuttgart, customers who don’t finish the food they take must pay a one euro fine — that’s a $1.15.

The Düsseldorf restaurant called Okinii charges a euro fine and has been since 2013 with no major complaints.

And in North Rhine, the Chinese-Mongolian restaurant Himalaya will charge wasteful customers two euro — that’s about $2.30 — if they leave more than three and a half ounces of food on their plates.

Why not ask for a doggie bag or box to take home your leftovers and save the fine? Because that’s an American custom, and it’s virtually unheard of in Europe.

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