Monday, December 21, 2009

Dubai Launches a World's 1st: The Take-Home Leftovers Contract

Further cementing its role as a pioneer city in this crazy world, Dubai has brought us a new best practice: A legal waiver you have to sign before taking home leftover food from a restaurant. That's right - in case you were raised by wolves or camels, this particular restaurant wanted to make sure that you didn't sue them when you get food poisoning for leaving your guacamole in the hot desert sun for two weeks, then eating it. Hello, Dubai's Senior Legal Correspondent, Katie, was on hand to give us her expert legal impression of both the document and the offending leftovers:
There you have it, folks - a picture's worth a thousand words. However, just in case you can't see the pictures, we've posted the full text of the waiver below (my favorite is the part that says the contract is binding even if you refuse to sign it!):

Food and Beverage Disclaimer Form

Subject: Food and Beverages purchased within Loca Bar &. Restaurant (the Restaurant" ) and consumed outside the Hotel

The Restaurant discourages guests from taking away from its premises any unconsumed food and beverages that are purchased within the Restaurant. The Restaurant strictly ensures that the quality and standard of all its food and beverages are appropriately preserved . Food and beverages prepared in the Restaurant are stored at recommended temperatures in accordance with the relevant food and hygiene regulations. The lifespan of all food and beverages is strictly monitored and handled properly to avoid contamination . Any food and beverage item taken outside of the Restaurant will compromise the safety and quality of this food and beverage item, for which the Restaurant cannot accept any responsibility whatsoever.

Should guests still wish to take away unconsumed food and beverages purchased within the Restaurant, at their own risk, they are requested to complete and provide all necessary information in the Food and Beverage Disclaimer Form below.

This will serve as a written statement and acknowledgment from the guest which releases the Restaurant from any responsibility or liability for any damage, injury or loss of any kind, or any claims, actions, damages or liabilities of any nature whatsoever ( including negligence, breach of contract or breach of a statutory or other duty of care) that may arise out of, or in connection with, the guest taking and consuming food and/or beverages purchased within the Restaurant, outside the Restaurant premises.

In the event that unconsumed food and beverages, purchased with in the Restaurant are taken away from the Restaurants premises and the guest has read this disclaimer but has not signed this form, the guest accepts and agrees to be bound by the terms of this disclaimer If he/she continues with their actions in taking the unconsumed food and/or beverages outside of the Restaurant's premises.

This is to confirm that I have read and understood the above food and beverage disclaimer policy of Loca Bar & Restaurant.

I also understand and accept that Loca Bar & Restaurant has no responsibility or liability for any damage, injury or loss of any kind or any claims, actions, damages or liabilities of any nature whatsoever which may be a result of me taking unconsumed food and beverages purchased within the Restaurant, away from the Restaurant's premises.

1 comment:

udjim said...

Since I can read lips, I get the gist of your legal correspondent's impression, i.e., "blah, blah, blah."

BTW, is the document legally binding if the food turns out to be also?