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This Etiquette Tip is Counter-Intuitive

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You drop something, you pick it up. Right?

Not always.

If you drop a utensil on the floor while dining out, you should leave it there. Politely mention to the server that you have done so and ask for another.

When I learned this, I had a hard time owning it.  Goes against my grain. But – the reason why we leave it on the floor is so that it doesn’t inadvertently get used by another diner.  When you think of it that way, it makes sense. Your saving your fellow eaters an encounter with the restaurant’s floor yuck.

BUT – When you drop a utensil at home, pick it up and get yourself another! Moms don’t count as “servers” in their own homes!

Once used, utensils should rest on your plate, not on the table.

The only utensils that should be in your hands are the ones you are using to cut and eat. Being animated while talking with a knife or fork in your hand could turn you into a Dangerous Diner!

Do you think you’ll be able to resist the urge to pick up?

Mind Your Manners,

Kelly

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