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Bringing your packed meals to the food court mall

So, you're at the food court. Yes, there are an array of choices for you to chow down. But is it okay to bring your own packed meal and eat it at the public food court mall? Or is this a big no-no?

I can understand not to bring your own meal into a restaurant. But the food court at the mall is kind of fair grounds, right?

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  1. the food court is a public space, so i think it's absolutely fine - i did it all the time in grad school at the one on our campus. i will say, though, that you should remain aware of your surroundings and have respect for the people who do actually purchase food there. since those tables are technically designated to serve as seating for the businesses in the food court, it wouldn't be fair to monopolize one to enjoy the contents of your brown bag while someone who purchased a meal *there* is left standing, with no place to sit down and eat.

    1. I do it all the time. Sometimes I buy a cold soda or frozen yogurt and eat it after lunch. I don't see a reason not to, unless there's a sign posted that the tables are for customers only.

      1. most older & wiser mall employees without any lunchroom in their store can be found in the food court, eating food they brought. I know I alway used to, and always saw people from other stores doing so as well.

        1. Perfectly okay as long as you give the security guard a bite.

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          1. re: beevod

            Depends if she looks like she'd like to be bitten

          2. No reason you can't do that....it's not like there's anything worth eating at the food court anyway. Except maybe a corn dog. Mmm, corn dog.