Last week, at a doctor’s office, the receptionist greeted me looking suspiciously like a cow. She appeared to be chewing on something and then commenced to clean her lunch away in her mouth with her tongue and making noises clearing food between her teeth all the while asking me questions. It seems to be a common habit in small shops – the lone salesperson serving customers and polishing off lunch at the same time.
This awful, rude practice must stop immediately. A cow would never think of imitating you.
This has always been a huge pet peeve of mine...especially when I see food being chewed with an opened mouth.
Was at a doctors appointment a few weeks ago and the physician came into the exam room chewing the balance of her lunch and apologizing for smelling like onions. She also mentioned that she is so sorry that she hadn't been able to take a proper lunch yet because she is so busy. I think therein lies the rub. it's not that chewing or eating is something that one does only in private. That is not what makes this rude in my opinion, it's that if you are the person being chewed at it seems almost as if the chewer feels that you are not worthy enough for your undivided attention/time I think.
Emily Post said it best:
"Good manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness you have good manners, no matter what fork you use."
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