It bugs me immensely when restaurants charge you extra for rice with dishes that basically must be eaten with rice.
For example, when we get Chinese food, my husband usually orders chicken with broccoli. This is a very saucy dish which is always eaten with rice. But many times, the restaurant does not automatically provide that rice. The rice will be, like, two dollars extra.
Why do that? I guess it's to make the dish appear less expensive. But any deception achieved by subtracting the cost of the rice from the dish is eliminated by my anger at the fact that the rice isn't free. I mean, rice is really cheap. It should be free. They don't charge you for the butter when you get lobster.
But the absolute worst thing is when you get takeout from one of these restaurants, they don't inform you the rice isn't included, and then you open the brown paper bag and discover you have no rice at all. And then you're forced to, like, make your own rice or something.
Please, just give us the rice for free. Everyone will be happier.