Woman claims she was banned from buffet


by Andy Treinen


Posted on November 5, 2013 at 12:31 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 5 at 8:28 AM

BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WHAS11) – Kim Murphy and Alexis Roman were regulars at the Asian Garden Buffet in Bardstown. They know the restaurant, and apparently, the restaurant knows them.

“It’s a very good buffet. They’re clean – everything,” Murphy said. "I was bombarded at the door which is the register with the owner telling me I need to pretty much tread lightly and be careful because I eat too much."

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The 120-pound Murphy was with her 300 pound man. The two regularly met during his lunch break for a meal. They said they have never been in the restaurant for more than an hour.

Murphy said of all the people in the restaurant she has no idea why she was singled out.

"I was embarrassed. I mean it was a restaurant full of people and she's literally pointing me out telling me I eat too much," she said.

The owners found the accusation tough to swallow. Cinti and Fah-tey said their buffet is an all you can eat buffet.

“No, I have all you can eat,” Fah-tey said.

Because of the language barrier, the owners telephoned an associate to help with communication.

“Nobody tell her. Nobody tell her. Everybody that comes here is happy,” Cinti said.

Eventually the owners remember Murphy and Roman but not as a couple who eats too much. Fah-tey said they were wasting food.

“Some people come to eat crab legs and they open take, garbage, open, garbage (meaning they throw away the legs without fully opening or eating them)” he said.

Murphy said that’s a lie and she provided an audio recording of the encounter as proof.

“Buffet is all you can eat. Crab legs not included,” the unidentified voice said.

Murphy also recorded several conversations including one at the table with the owner’s teen-aged daughter explaining the crab crisis.

“She says she doesn’t mean that you can have any crab legs but like today, we have to save some for Saturday and Sunday. The order doesn’t come in until Monday,” she said.

Murphy said they haven’t been back to the Asian Garden Buffet since the incident and in fact, they haven’t eaten out anywhere.

“I want an apology. I believe this owner humiliated me in public for no reason. I want an apology,” she said.

Murphy said her fiancée went to the restaurant without her last week and was told as long as she wasn’t with him, he was free to come inside.