questionsdo you blow your nose at the table while at a…

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Napkin? I thought that was why the tablecloths were washable fabric....

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I went to lunch with with a friend who blew his nose at the table and then left the used tissue on the plate. I was so grossed out by this. He tried to convince me that it was no big deal.

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I don't blow my nose any where except the bathroom, not in front of my husband and definitely not in public. There are too many opportunities for unpleasant surprises.

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For some reason eating usually makes my nose run, just a little clear fluid, enough to make an annoying tickle but not enough to be messy. So I do dab my nose at the table by necessity. But I never actually blow my nose at the table, I remove myself to the restroom if I need to. And if the restaurant has only cloth napkins, I will go to the restroom and get a few squares of TP which I keep in my lap. Don't like doing that and I'll use a cocktail napkin or a tissue from my purse if I can.

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I've done it, but only because I just sneezed and um.. snot? It was either traipse through the restaurant with snot running and sneezing more (gross) or blow my nose at my table, thus containing the gross.

While I think it's a bit disgusting, unless they're over your table - let it go.

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I try not to but if it's that or drip in front of everyone, I'll do it. I carry tissues though so I use that if at all possible.

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I saw a guy walking through a clothing store the other day, coughing without covering his mouth. Then he sneezed without covering it.

I lost my cool.

I informed him from across the store that people would be wearing these clothes, and could he please cover his mouth instead of making the rest of the world sick?

He replied in a maddeningly condescending tone that I should calm down since people wash clothes before wearing them.

Then I really lost it.

I asked him, "SERIOUSLY!? You think people wash these clothes before they take them to the fitting room and try them on here in the store? Really?! How the h* do they do that?" (Remember, this was yelled at him from halfway across the store, a good fifty feet.)

He flipped me off and left. I have never wanted so badly to punch somebody in the face.

I felt slightly better when four different people thanked me for calling him out on his idiocy.

I feel like doing the same thing when people honk their schnoz in a restaurant.

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No, I wash my hands after I blow my nose so I usually go to the bathroom.

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Only if I have to, because I have unexpectedly sneezed. And still, not an actual blowing of the nose, more containment wipe, to avoid making others gag, as I make my way to the restroom. Where I am going anyway, because I need to wash my hands now.

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Wow. People who have seasonal allergies that aren't fully controlled probably have enough problems without having to run to the john each time they have to sneeze. I can't imagine becoming upset over something like this. But that may be just moi.

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No, it's disgusting. I've never actually said something to anyone, but I've often glared in their direction.

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Allergie sufferers aside it is gross. Plus you do need to wash your hands after. It keeps the germs down. Plus think of the poor server or bussboy who has to clean uo your used tissues. Do you really think they need your germs on thier hands? And what if they touch someone elses plate after cleaning up after you? Haven't we all see outbreak? This is how the zombie apocolype will start!

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I agree with the people saying that they dab their nose. I think that is acceptable if done subtly but actual blowing is gross. If you sneeze/have allergies/as sick it is exactly the same you may keep it from running down your face but remove yourself for actual blowing.

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Also, as to the busboy issue, if you place a tissue on your plate when you are finished (covered by your napkin so nobody has to look at it) it is generally fine. Every place I have worked when you clean up a table you grab the plate by the edge, remove silverware, and dump the plate contents in the trash. So it doesn't really matter if there is a tissue, or a straw wrapper, or a napkin on it, no one is actually going to touch it.

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It doesn't matter who suffers from allergies or whatever...nose blowing in public and especially at restaurants is low class and ignorant. You can't possibly suffer from allergies worse than me but I put that right there with spitting lugies on the sidewalk or at the gas pump. Why don't you just take a crap in public...I mean really, nobody can help doing that either so why not just do it in your pants at the table? Because we all have some manner of control and if not, we really shouldn't be going out in public. Nose blowing is BAD in public and if you don't think so...that probably means you're one of the inconsiderate idiots we are talking about here.

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I don't think anyone is talking about politely dabbing a runny nose. I'm talking about some fat head mamma's boy who never learned better....inconsiderate grown men...who act like blowing their nose is the cap-off to a satisfying meal. It's just one step up from acual picking and honestly very little difference. My mother taught me not to make that sound with a straw trying to get that last bit of drink at the bottom of the ice...as if that is offensive??? Pretty standard I think but I wonder how many nose blowers teach their kids that? Let's get the word out...don't slap anyone upside the head just yet...start with non-violent communication but please, at least, give these social criminals a long serious evil eye everytime you hear that loud slurpy snot blowing sound while you're eating...or anywhere in public for that matter.