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Apr 16, 2013 12:39 PM

Please don't comb your hair, apply make-up, blow your nose. or pick your teeth at the table. Especially at a restaurant! Thanks.

Yes, seen it all, and not afraid to say I think people should excuse themselves from the table before doing any of the above. What do you think?

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  1. I agree with you on most things. But sometimes you do not have choice a but to blow your nose. Especially if you just sneezed. And I can't imagine being able to pre plan that one if it happens as it is really getting into allergy season. Sorry, but that is just MHO.

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    1. re: boyzoma

      It depends on which you find worse - blowing their nose, incessant sniffing, or making themselves into a tissue walrus.

      Expecting people with allergies to not eat in public is a bit much.

    2. Picking teeth is one thing. That doesn't bother me but, it's quite another to remove dentures when food gets caught underneath. It's not a pleasant sight.

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      1. re: mucho gordo

        Ah, I'm anti-picker. Never done at the table in my family. Matter of fact, I recall an early dinner out with my then-boyfriend-now-husband and his family. The plates were cleared and dad distributed toothpicks and the whole family set to it.

        I caught the young Duke's eye and he slowly lowered his pick.

        1. re: DuchessNukem

          If done discreetly, it really shouldn't be an embarrassment. Not doing it, however, and depending upon what's caught, eating can be rather painful.

              1. re: Veggo

                <G>Only you would come up with that.

              2. re: DuchessNukem

                But you were in HIS family's home, and if it's acceptable for it to be dine in his home, why would you "catch his eye" to get him to stop? It's probably been done in his family's home for longer than you've been around.
                Why would you think that it's already for you to suddenly berate him for it?

                1. re: Midknight

                  Oh, I am sorry, I must not have been clear when I wrote "an early dinner out" -- we were out at a restaurant during the incident described.

                  I would personally not describe an exchanged look as "berating" but perhaps you are sensitive to such. Not a problem.

                  The family certainly did continue to pick at home and away for years until all the children were grown. I never said a word to anyone but my husband; I got up and handled clearing table and dishes. Oddly, none of the four grown kids pick their teeth at public gatherings anymore.

            1. Such concerns have apparently been around since ancient times (King Tut apparently had a stipend paid to a personal nose-picker, according to some history web sites).

              But from medieval Europe, here are some instructions:


              including telling you:
              "Do not claw you head or back as though you seek a flea. Not strike nor prick your hair to remove a louse ... Don’t pike your nose, not let clear pearls drip, Neither sniff nor blow your nose so that you sovereign hears it"
              don't stuff your hands into your pants to scratch, pick your ears, squirt with your mouth, lick your dish, and so on.

              They didn't say what would happen if you did, but I think the sovereign would not be pleased and would keep this in mind next head-chopping time.

              1. I am constantly amazed by threads like these.

                Blowing your nose-it happens. The rest-seriously?

                I am officially old if this is common enough problem it has to be called out.

                Now I am going to go shake my cane at those hooligans trespassing on my lawn!

                1. Since suffering a severe auto-immune response two years ago,
                  I have found my nose begins to "run" to some extent almost
                  whenever I eat. I try to be as discreet as possible in dealing
                  with it, but if I excused myself from the table every time I had
                  to blow my nose, I would never finish a meal!

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                  1. re: ferventfoodie

                    My nose inevitably runs when I eat spicy food. I blow it as discreetly as possible. It would not be possible to take care of it by leaving the table, since as long as the food is spicy, and for a little while after I've finished it, I'd be sniffling continually, which is surely more objectionable than blowing a few times at intervals.

                    1. re: greygarious

                      Me, too, and I love spicy food. Rather than blowing my nose, though, I try to dab at it discreetly. As much as I eat spicy stuff, I probably have Roto-Rootered sinuses!

                      1. re: greygarious

                        'I blow it as discreetly as possible.' that is the key which I think most numb nuts don't think about..thank you G for that and others too!

                        We just had lunch at Lotus of Siam, a famous Thai resto in Vegas and I have a major adversion to others blowing their nose with such honk and fervor..

                        It's so gross to hear and this chick was blowing her nose so loud and she was leaving the wadded up kleenexs with her mucus filled tissues on the table that she was building a pyramid..

                        I was giving her major stink eye and under my breath calling her a losebag and my DH wanted to go by when leaving and 'Crop Dust' really loud by their table when we left...that would of been funny!