Five things you shouldn't have to be told NOT to do in restaurants
A couple took their infant to a Denver Starbucks this week, and when they didn't find a changing table in the restroom, they decided to do a ragey protest-change on a table in the dining room. This incident didn't end well. After being confronted by store employees about the public diaper change, the dynamic duo threw a hissy fit, one of them dumped coffee on the floor, and the cops were called in to keep the peace.
It's pretty gross to change a dirty diaper on a table where people eat and drink, with other people eating and drinking at tables around you. But sadly, this isn't the only bad behavior exhibited in dining rooms. Here are five things people shouldn't have to be told NOT to do in public eating spaces.
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5. Sucking face past the cute point
This is as close as you should get....
PDA has levels, and the first few aren't so bad -- hugging, some cutsie hand-holding, a few subtle neck-nips, even a kiss or two with mild tongue action generally don't offend. But when these sweet, semi-innocent acts turn into stuff you have to pay-per-view to see on late-night cable, then take it out of the restaurant (hint: hotels offer private rooms with beds and everything!). And those people who feed each other little bites of food from their plates might think they are being romantic, but even zoo monkeys would shriek and hide their faces if they were forced to watch.
4. Digging into bodily orifices
Not in a restaurant, brah.
From time to time everyone has an itch that really needs to be scratched -- welcome to the human condition. But it should go without saying that it's inappropriate to scratch at, or tunnel into, certain body parts in public view, especially in front of other people who are eating and drinking. A discreet trip to the restroom to handle that sort of business is the best way to go -- but unfortunately, some people never quite learned that nose-picking, butt-digging, pit-raking and crotch-adjusting (we can blame music videos for the last one) aren't activities that endear them to fellow diners, or anyone else.
3. Doing a mani or pedi
Nail polish is not appetizing.
Watching someone get their fingernails or toenails done is boring, and watching someone give themselves an impromptu manicure or pedicure is even more boring, but watching someone take a file to their nails or smelling the acrid stench of nail polish while you're trying to eat? Boredom is quickly replaced by fully-justified wrath. My Grammy used to give me a good smack if I started to brush my hair at the dining room table, but I've seen folks sitting at café tables over lunch bust out emery boards, shove wads of tissue between their toes and go at their piggies like the restaurant was a Beverly Hills salon. I had a coffeeshop co-worker once whip out a bottle of polish and start swiping away at her nails while I was trying to eat; when I asked why she was doing that there, she replied that it was her lunch break, as if that made the mani perfectly okay.