Your response to this is different than the one I received the time that I witnessed the man dumping the huge bowl of oranges into a carton and walking out with them. This happened in view of two desk clerks on duty at hotel (It happened to be in Orlando.) I approached them and asked them if they had not witnessed the man stealing all the oranges. Their reponse was that they had and that it happened all the time but that management had told them not to say a word to anyone they saw stealing food. My friend and I then sat and watched in amazement as a hotel employee came out and refilled the bowl heaping high.
Infuriating, isn’t it? While I have never worked in the food service industry, I did spend some time working part time for a retail chain that has stores all over the country, in just about every mall there is. And I can tell you from experience that employees are specifically told not to confront anyone they see stealing, because even if it’s true, if the thief sues the store, the company ends up paying more to defend the lawsuit than they lose letting them walk out with a bagful of stolen merchendise.
I suspect it’s the same mindset at a hotel buffet.