Eating out at restaurants can happen at any restaurant and at any time. It involves somehow arriving at the restaurant (by car, bus, walking, etc.). Upon arrival, the host or hostess will seat you, and then you will be given a menu. You look over the menu and order your food and drink. At the end of the meal, you pay the server, with cash, check or credit card, and then leave. You can do this alone, with friends, family, co-workers, acquaintances, or a combination of these people. There are many purposes of eating out. Some include, socializing, enjoying the atmosphere, or just only to eat and drink. There are many desired outcomes. Some include having a good time socializing, enjoying a good meal, or just getting some time to yourself.
Juridical Controls of Eating Out
There are many juridical controls applied to eating out. First, there is the no shirt/no shoes/no service policy, usually posted on business doors. The consequences are as stated, you will not get served. Next, there is the no pet policy, which excludes service animals. This, too, is usually posted on the doors and also means no service if not followed. Some restaurants also have a dress code and reservation only policy. This is usually made known over the phone when obtaining reservations or once you arrive at the restaurant. If you do not have a reservation, there is a possibility you will not be served, although sometimes you can be squeezed in. If you do not adhere to the dress code, you may be asked to leave or provided with appropriate articles of clothing, usually a jacket or tie. There are also laws regarding smoking inside the business and underage consumption of alcohol, if the restaurant serves it. These are enforced by the business and, when necessary, law enforcement. The penalties include fines, tickets and possibility of jail time. Also, if you are of age to consume alcohol, you may need to provide identification to verify your age, if you do not provide identification, you may not be served alcohol. Next, there is paying your bill. If you pay your bill with a stolen check or credit card, or use counterfeit money, you can be charged under law with theft and fraud. These are generally known controls, which are on record in Helena. Finally, if you do not pay your bill at all, you can be charged, under law, with theft. Finally, there is being polite to fellow patrons and employees. This is not posted anywhere; it is just common courtesy. There are no specific consequences to being rude to your server or other patrons, but you may be asked to leave, or you will not get the best service, or, in extreme cases, something may happen to your food,
Measure of Burdensomeness of the Load
People go to a restaurant to have a good time and get a good meal. Sometimes, people go to get some quiet time or to work while eating. I did ask a few friends if they worried about the “juridical load” while eating out and they said they were not usually worried about all the possible rules and how they applied to them. They just wanted to eat and have a good time. However, there are some who might worry about the laws and policies. For example, if you are under the legal age to consume alcohol, and you are trying to order alcohol, then you will worry about imposing the rules, and the punishments connected to them. Similarly, if you are a smoker and you want to smoke while eating, you may be frustrated by the law.
Ways to Escape Control
The way to escape the juridical control of eating at a restaurant, is to just stay home and cook, There, you are free to dress as you want, smoke when you want. Also, you will not have to worry about paying a bill, you can have your pet with you, if you wish and you will not have to worry about verifying you age if you want to consume alcohol. You will not have to worry about getting your food the way you want it, because you will be the one making the food.