It is inevitable, such is the court of public opinion, that words like “madness”, “obscene” and even “show-off” are used when we hear of someone spending $300 or more per person for a meal. Some would denigrate this as an arrogant gesture by the rich or even get worked up and angry for one reason or another.
I would recommend that they get angry over something else that really matters instead of at the way people who are lucky to have surplus disposable income spend their money. These people are paying for a memory, a superlative experience.
That experience may not be the same as what you seek but they suit others just fine. I have yet to hear someone sneer at a F1 fan for spending more than $1000 for a pit grandstand seat. Going to an expensive restaurant is no different.
Reminds me of when my friend exclaimed I paid so much for a 3 star sushi meal, and told me “pay so much and also come out as shit”.
I remarked that she paid ridiculous money for front row tickets at a concert, and “hear already can’t even shit out!”.
It really is all about the experience, that’s what we’re paying for.
On the other end, for $3, you can find really good food and wouldn’t mind paying for more, and really crap stuff with attitude.
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