If a restaurant has a policy then it should be in writing prior to the incident.
That opens up the "right" to decide as you go...and that is not fair.
Say a patron orders an entree and desset is included. The patron does not want dessert but decides to give it to someone who ordered an entree that does not include dessert. The restaurant feels that the patron with the dessert opted out and a dessert charge is added to the bill.
No plate sharing charges are listed on the menu. A few partons exchange this and that from their orders. The restaurant feels that this is a substitution that would otherwise afford them extra orders of sides or an extra entree. A plate sharing fee is added to the bill.
If there is no written policy there should not be a charge. Especially without notification of the charge and the option (at that point) to have a real lemonade as the rigged lemonade is "confiscated".
post edited by CCinNJ - 2009/09/23 10:51:31