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People who fold menus in half...

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You're sitting at a table and the waiter brings over the menus...one of your party takes the menu and folds it in half while looking it over, like it was a newspaper or something...does that bother you?...it does me, though I would not say anything.

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  1. Could you write a bit more about this? I don't understand so far.

    1. Do you mean actually putting a crease in the menu that doesn't belong there?
      I can't imagine thinking that's an ok thing to do.

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      1. re: fern

        Exactly as fern states...I find it to be bad table etiquette.

        1. re: gutreactions

          Aha. Some more questions. What sort of restaurant and what kind of menu? If its a place that prints its menu daily on a regular sheet of paper to be recycled/discarded at the end of the day it probably doesn't matter too much though its still very strange behavior in my mind. If its a large, nicely printed menu then that's an absurd thing to do with it.

          I have to say, I've never seen anyone do this. Is this a common practice on the part of someone you dine with?

      2. Ive never seen it done, but it probably wouldnt bother me. I am not on earth to police other peoples actions.

        1. Are you talking about fold a single sheet (that wasn't already folded) in half, or opening a menu and folding it "backwards" (for lack of a better word) so that the front and back covers are facing each other?

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          1. re: mpjmph

            mpjmph, both of your descriptions are correct...when I see it happen at my table or at another it just bothers me for some reason...like the person is not paying attention and has no respect for what he is holding...

            1. re: gutreactions

              I think it would drive me a little crazy if I saw someone fold a single sheet in half, but I don't think I've ever actually seen that happen. As far as folding booklet-style menus back, it's something I do all the time, it never would have occurred to me that others might be bothered by it. I always figured that menus design with a thin/flexible spine were meant to be folded that way, it makes them much easier to head, IMO, at a cozy table it can be difficult to hold a large menu open enough to read it without folding it.