Modern Living: The Importance Of Being Greedy

In Downey, Calif., a man in his early 20s went through the prime-ribs line seven times at Marmac's, a restaurant that provides an unlimited amount of roast beef for only $3.50. If the evening was a total loss for Marmac's, it was for the customer too. He wound up in a hospital, having his stomach pumped out. But less than a week later, he was back in the beef line at the same restaurant.

The Downey episode is just one of many similar instances of gluttony that occur daily across the U.S. in an ever-increasing number of "all-you-can-eat" restaurants. Apart from regulars,...

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