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Dine and dash: Is it wrong to eat free samples and leave?

Who hasn't popped into a Whole Foods or Costco, grabbed a few free samples... and then left? Most of us have, judging from the commenters on a Yelp board discussing the topic (via Eater). The question was posed by poster Sierra T., who asked, "My friend will go to places strictly to get a sample and then leave. Panda express, yogurts shops, Costco, pizza places, mall food courts, anywhere! Is it
Grabbing just a bite and not buying anything -- okay or not?
Grabbing just a bite and not buying anything -- okay or not?Getty Images stock

Who hasn't popped into a Whole Foods or Costco, grabbed a few free samples... and then left? 

Most of us have, judging from the commenters on a Yelp board discussing the topic (via Eater). The question was posed by poster Sierra T., who asked, "My friend will go to places strictly to get a sample and then leave. Panda express, yogurts shops, Costco, pizza places, mall food courts, anywhere! Is it wrong to go to multiple places strictly to get a sample and then leave?"

What some may call a budget buffet, others call disrespectful. "I feel it's wrong, but I do it anyway," said Anna "AnnaKwonda" K. 

A few years back, this food blogger survived a week in New York City eating only food she got for free.

Let he or she among us who is sinless cast the first hors d'oeuvre.

 

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