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PSA - Don't be gross while eating

Facebook _Ethereal_
Mar 11

Maybe I'm sensitive to this kind of thing, bit in case anyone is oblivious to social norms in the US please be advised of this non-comprehensove things to avoid while eating around fellow humans:

- Chewing with your mouth open
- Speaking with food in your mouth
- Licking your fingers, especially loudly
- Making slurping sounds of any sort

Generally, other people should not see or hear your saliva or food once it's entered your mouth. My kids have mastered this and so can you!

For extra credit, your face should not come within 16 inches of your plate or bowl unless absolutely necessary.

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  • Apple lithiumbat
    Umm chill. If I’m eating rice or small bowls of soup I’m holding the bowl up to my face and using chopsticks.
    Mar 112
    • Cisco gmann
      Hell yeah...
      Mar 11
    • Cisco gmann
      OP, I don't like that crap either but I don't complain about it.... go sit and eat by yourself
      Mar 11
  • Intel UGeJ58
    Don't be gross and reject your animal origins.
    Mar 110
  • Aurora bystander!
    We gave you Blind, and you gave us your long buried agony. How sweet!
    Mar 110
  • Lockheed Martin ¦
    I have to agree. I think it's super strange how strong the reaction is on Blind every fucking time someone says this. I feel like a lot of parents weren't around, or work with children, only way you don't learn that as a kid.
    Mar 114
    • New New •
      Or maybe it's not considered socially awkward in some cultures
      Mar 11
    • Salesforce nisme81
      Ya definitely a culture and class thing. People will grow up never learning it’s wrong and then peers won’t give the feedback later in life.
      Mar 11
    • New New •
      It's not wrong, it's just considered socially awkward in the US, may not be the case everywhere. So if no one tells them (politely of course) they never get to know.
      Mar 11
    • Lockheed Martin QnNB87
      It's usually American men I notice eating in an unflattering way
      Mar 12
  • Expedia 80081
    Agreed. I have some colleagues that I refuse to have a lunch with because they slurp or chew loudly.
    Mar 110
  • Boeing mSQV31
    I’m gonna microwave some shrimp at work tomorrow and eat it real loud and sloppy.
    Mar 110
  • Nvidia JDDr47
    You have saliva entering your mouth? :-)
    Mar 110
  • Apple 867530nine
    OP. I’m with you. When my cube mate eats at his desk, I’m put in my AirPods and play loud music. It’s the most disgusting sound ever. Some times I physically leave and find a quiet corner elsewhere away from the loud lip smacking and slurping.
    Mar 110
  • Salesforce nisme81
    This is good western social etiquette and manners...(obviously something that is called into question when telling a bunch of engineers and folks from multi cultural backgrounds). If people want to look like slobs then it’s their problem, but the PSA is appreciated. At least people know that this culture views that behavior as inappropriate, rest is up to them.

    An interesting point here, folks from lower class families East Asian cultures will argue food tastes better if you chew with your mouth open. Those from higher class families will say they got slapped if they did this as children. Viewpoints on etiquette are pretty wide. Even if you make your point, some folks will blatantly disagree.
    Mar 110
  • Amazon jonnb
    +1
    Mar 110
  • Nvidia captmarvl
    How do you eat chips quietly?
    Mar 113
    • Facebook _Ethereal_
      OP
      Put them in your mouth and close your lips completely before beginning to chew. Still not the quietest but leaps and bounds better than chomping away with your mouth open
      Mar 13
    • Nvidia captmarvl
      Not quiet enough when hiding. Need a better lifehack.
      Mar 13
    • Intel / EngDonaldDD's
      FB wants you to succulently wrap your lips around each chip. Slowly let you glands secrete that juice and lather thoroughly with your tongue. Pretend you are an old person that traded teeth for dry mouth. Get that practice for ageism, forced retirement, and autocratic control of eating technique.
      2d
  • Equilar HiddenGem!
    I agree. Those all kinds of sounds and actions while eating make me feel anxious and I cannot sit with those people and eat. Because they are my peers/coworkers I can’t ask them not to do so. So I avoid and sit somewhere else
    7d1
    • Intel / EngDonaldDD's
      Have you been tested for artism? Legit Q
      2d
  • Expedia / Eng
    coughka

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    My food my rules don't look at me
    Mar 111
    • Salesforce nisme81
      Don’t worry, nobody will want to
      Mar 11
  • GoDaddy 5"6 Indian
    Slurping is actually a requirement for ramen and soba noodles - definitely gross otherwise lol
    Mar 111
    • Apple 867530nine
      That’s still only acceptable at those Asian noodle restaurants. But at your desk, around your coworkers, it’s a nasty habit. Take that bowl of noodles to the cafeteria.

      But the folks the OP is referring to, and the ones that eat in my cube cluster eat this way all the time. Chicken noodle soup...”sluuuuuueerrp..smack...smack”.

      Can we just agree eating at your desk is a designated quiet eating zone?
      Mar 11
  • Microsoft p95
    Slurping and chomping is perfectly acceptable in eastern cultures. Gotta deal with it working at international companies like Facebook.
    Mar 110
  • Google notez
    I hear a slurpy noise behind me - it is 3pm. Every foking day. Clockwork, always sharp as Swiss watch.
    Mar 110

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