I work in low income housing programing. For tonights event I ordered less than enough pizza. I am observing if people will on their own be less wasteful than the time I over ordered pizza (I saw many half eaten slices in the trash can) I will eyeball the results- half eaten slices and rejected crusts counting or hinting at wasteful.
I am also monitoring if people are more inclined to take more since they are early, or if they demonstrate sympathy for those that will arrive late and find that the pizza is gone. (I will order more no worries but just to see).
People started by taking one slice- except for a couple who took two each. (that’s half a pizza!). The kids this time however were only give one slice each, and the picky eaters (younger kids) were not given any.
7:27 pm update
A child came to the pizza table went right over to grab a slice. For the first time during my time here I heard a parent say NO, you don’t really want that. I believe this mother is thinking about the others who are now 30 minutes late.
In the end the child was given a second slice. There are now 2 more slices left (from 3 pizzas).
7:35 pm Update
A child came to the pizza table (different one). There is a closed pizza box that is empty next to me. She snuck up to it and I looked at her- no emotion- but she stopped when we made eye contact. I looked away and she started again. she sneakily opened the box- saw there were no contents and left. I must add she has a half eaten pizza slice on her plate in the table in front of me. I do wonder why she wants more if she has not finished her first slice.