"The couple ordered the type of drinks you order when you're too cheap to pay for alcohol, then proceeded to ravage the appetizers, coming back with multiple small plates piled high with everything they could fit. At one point they magically procured dinner-sized plates and came back to the table with those plates heaping with mac & cheese -- heaping.
"During all this, the server had come back several times, asking if they were ready to place their order, or if they wanted more drinks. Each time, they waved her off. After multiple rounds of heaping plates of mac & cheese punctuated by crackers and crudités, they finally told the server, 'We’re done, just bring us the check.'
"The waitress tried to explain that, well, you took up one of our dinner tables during a busy time, and you can't just sit here and order nothing. Sure, the food was free, but it was meant as a pre-dinner appetizer or a bar snack while drinking.