Lunchtime poll – dating dealbreaker #2
July 2nd, 2010
12:15 PM ET
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Commenters had PLENTY to chew on in yesterday's dating dealbreaker poll about rudeness to waiters. We've got a table manners poll after the jump, but here's what your fellow Eatocracy readers said.

He would be done. If he can ream someone over a minor mistake, that tells me that he's incredibly self centered and lacking empathy, wrapped way too tight and I don't want to contemplate spending a lifetime with someone who would end up pointing that in my direction or in the direction of our mythical children. I just see a future of misery.

How a person treats waitstaff is an indicator of how they treat all people in subservient positions (less power). That's you in divorce court, by the way.

People are rude to the wait staff because they're on a power trip. I will have nothing further to do with them. That goes for friends too. I once knew this woman who seemed to be a nice lady. Then we had lunch and she was incredibly rude to the waitress. I never spent time with her again. Not the kind of person I want for a friend.

Now, when it comes to matters of masticating:

As you can see, we thrive on your opinions. Spill 'em (neatly!) in the comments below.

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  1. Stephan

    If it's something like elbows on the table or improper napking use, then we can work with it. But if he/she is sitting there chomping with their mouth wide open, nope, sorry, gotta go! You have to think, unless you're dining with a complete troglodite, they're going to be using their very best manners on a first date, so anything sloppy or messy you see now is only going to be magnified down the line when they get more comfortable with you.

    July 20, 2010 at 1:28 pm |
  2. undecided

    Depends on what the atrocious manners are – and the rest of the person. Table manners are important though. Especially if you're considering a long term relationship. If he or she does something really irritating to you, are you going to be able to sit and eat with that person over and over and over? I don't know that a relationship should be dropped (or not started) for that, but it's something to take into account when you're looking at the whole person.

    July 19, 2010 at 1:34 pm |
  3. Sheryl

    There are things I wouldn't tolerate – lip smacking and open mouthed chewing are typically going to be right out. I'd likely give a date a couple of takes...and to Peter's point, there are definitely what kind of event/food is in question. There's no pristine way to eat BBQ ribs or tacos...but I don't want to see either of them after they're in his mouth!

    July 2, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  4. Peter Live!


    Yes, it really does depend WHERE (that is, what type of eating establishment) in which this behavior took place. Let's be real, hotdogs at the ballpark or ice cream in the park IS a face-stuffing event.

    Morton's or the Palm.....not so much.

    Chica has another chance, but only barely........

    July 2, 2010 at 1:21 pm |
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