It would be fair to say that they make restaurant owners uncomfortable.
Some diners see it as their right as a paying customer while others see them as a social faux pas.
So just what are the rules and regulations when it comes to doggy bags?
Restaurant and Catering Australia's CEO John Hart says that, essentially, there are none. While it is true that restaurants do have a duty of care to protect their diners, there are no regulations as such when it comes to how and if customers can take take home meals that they have not finished. Queensland Health says that it is not illegal to provide doggy bags and it may and it may actually be seen as poor customer service if a restauranteur bans doggy bags.
The Hellenic Republic restaurant, owned by Masterchef's George Calombaris, is in the headlines for asking a patron to sign a waiver before he was allowed to leave with his lamb leftovers. Ross Katsambanis, 20, felt that the request was "ridiculous" however Mr Hart contends that staff were well within their rights to ask him to sign it.
Hart says that, "If you look at some of the duty of care type of cases that are run through the courts, the steps that are taken to mitigate the risk need to be reasonable. The question is whether the risk is high enough to get someone to sign a disclaimer, or whether simply notifying them of the risk is sufficient mitigation."
He does concede that business owners can refuse the use of doggy bags in order to protect them from possible legal action should a customer become ill after eating food that they have taken home from their restaurant.
CFT QLD has doggy bag instructions for you to print out here!