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Answered What is it with people/ PAX and lounge food

Matt_01

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I often wonder if something changes in the human brain when people enter an airport lounge and free food is on offer. As an example on Friday, in the VA MEL lounge, which was a zoo, the line for potato chips was 6-8 PAX long, the hot food line was even worse. At the QP in ADL this evening I watched one PAX pile their plate so high with the crappy salad and hot food offerings, pasties and pies, the food was starting to fall off :rolleyes: I then noticed the PAX sitting behind me had a bowl of soup, a seperate bowl of salad and another bowl of hot food mixed with rice all full to the brim (the old style aircraft soup bowls before they became the main meal “large” bowl of soup) and more bread rolls than you can poke a stick at, her partner had the same so 6 bowls of food plus bread between 2 people. Do people/ PAX not realise that if they are hungry and want more lounge food you can go back more than once.

Maybe I have just become jaded and ambivalent to airline lounges. Do not get me wrong I like ‘free stuff’ but airline lounge food???????. Apologies for my rant.
 
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I often wonder if something changes in the human brain when people enter an airport lounge and free food is on offer ...
My thinking is that their behaviour is just a reflection on the type of person that they are. They are just being themselves. Vultures being let loose in the lounge.

If they were given a free morning tea at work once a week, then they would take as much as they could carry and hide it in their desk drawer.
 

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I feel this way about buffet eaters. You can go back people and the food would be more enjoyable if not mixed into a 40 flavor feed.

I wouldnt fuss too much about Friday arvo, might be the only meal they got that day if they were trying to finish in the office and get home.
 

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A colleague was telling me about a European tour they were on where other travellers at the hotel were taking all the tea bags that had been put out at the breakfast buffet! People be crazy!
 

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This blows me away... I was in the HKG CX First Class Wing on Friday and three travellers rocked in and spent one hour blatantly filling containers with food and loading them into a trolley bag. They also helped themselves to bottles of water, wine.... end even the champagne complete with stopper! It was something to behold!
I approached them and asked why... they said that they were entitled to take as much food and drink as they wanted. They were very well prepared as their trolley bag was overflowing with containers they brought with them.
The lounge staff watched on... but did not stop them.
After the 'guests' departed the lounge staff said that this was a regular occurrence. They told me that the guests were frequent travellers and their colleagues at The Deck advised that they had already 'raided' The Deck!

Now the big thing here (apart from their terrible behaviour) is that the food at CX lounges is pretty average at best. Stale bread, cold 'hot' dishes... a la carte is a little better, but thankfully the booze is OK! I am still flummoxed why you would want to take the food with you! The Perrier-Jouet I can understand.

Bothers me a bit!

Ooh ROo

Willie
 
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This blows me away... I was in the HKG CX First Class Wing on Friday and three travellers rocked in and spent one hour blatantly filling containers with food and loading them into a trolley bag. They also helped themselves to bottles of water, wine.... end even the champagne complete with stopper! It was something to behold!
I approached them and asked why... they said that they were entitled to take as much food and drink as they wanted. They were very well prepared as their trolley bag was overflowing with containers they brought with them.
The lounge staff watched on... but did not stop them.
After the 'guests' departed the lounge staff said that this was a regular occurrence. They told me that the guests were frequent travellers and their colleagues at The Deck advised that they had already 'raided' The Deck!

Now the big thing here (apart from their terrible behaviour) is that the food at CX lounges is pretty average at best. Stale bread, cold 'hot' dishes... a la carte is a little better, but thankfully the booze is OK! I am still flummoxed why you would want to take the food with you! The Perrier-Jouet I can understand.

Bothers me a bit!

Ooh ROo

Willie
OMG, I would have loved to have witnessed that:eek:
I must admit that I haven't witnessed much excess in airline lounges.
At a hotel buffet one morning a woman right next to me took the entire wheel of brie! I was stunned!
In the Sofitel Melbourne Club Lounge I watched a woman fill tupperware container with food and then add bottled soft drinks to her bag, obviously setting herself up for the day ahead.
 

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This blows me away... I was in the HKG CX First Class Wing on Friday and three travellers rocked in and spent one hour blatantly filling containers with food and loading them into a trolley bag. They also helped themselves to bottles of water, wine.... end even the champagne complete with stopper! It was something to behold!
I approached them and asked why... they said that they were entitled to take as much food and drink as they wanted. They were very well prepared as their trolley bag was overflowing with containers they brought with them.
The lounge staff watched on... but did not stop them.
After the 'guests' departed the lounge staff said that this was a regular occurrence. They told me that the guests were frequent travellers and their colleagues at The Deck advised that they had already 'raided' The Deck!

Now the big thing here (apart from their terrible behaviour) is that the food at CX lounges is pretty average at best. Stale bread, cold 'hot' dishes... a la carte is a little better, but thankfully the booze is OK! I am still flummoxed why you would want to take the food with you! The Perrier-Jouet I can understand.

Bothers me a bit!

Ooh ROo

Willie
Why so much food? Won't they go off?
 

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This blows me away... I was in the HKG CX First Class Wing on Friday and three travellers rocked in and spent one hour blatantly filling containers with food and loading them into a trolley bag. They also helped themselves to bottles of water, wine...
Ooh ROo
Willie
Wait, WHAT????!??!
How did JQ pax even get access to a CX F lounge?
 
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Do people/ PAX not realise that if they are hungry and want more lounge food you can go back more than once.
i can totally understand this! The food in the QFi J lounge goes within about 1 minute of it being put out. I don't blame people for piling their plates up. If you snooze you lose (takes a long time for the next dish of stuff to come out).

After the 'guests' departed the lounge staff said that this was a regular occurrence. They told me that the guests were frequent travellers and their colleagues at The Deck advised that they had already 'raided' The Deck!
A random date HKG-JFK round trip in F = 11-18 December returns a fare of HKD252,286. Around AUD47000. It's possible these pax actually pay that fare and CX is willing to 'entertain' their foibles. CX has probably done the cost-benefit calculations :(
 

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