Etiquette Tuesday: Don’t Touch

[ 4 ] February 15, 2011 |


I chuckled when I remembered this week’s Etiquette Tuesday post.  One of my loyal readers recently visited a lounge with a few friends and everyone ordered their food.  Two friends showed up a little later than everyone else and naturally joined the table with hugs, kisses, smiles and the like.  The problem happened here:  The food had already been served so everyone was enjoying their dishes.  One of the people that showed up late reached over and took some of calamari off of my loyal readers plate without asking for permission (*and with the use of their finger tips…eww).

Now here is the problem with this:  1. the food intruder late friend had just come in off the dirty, fifthly streets without even the swipe of some good hand sanitizer; 2.  Why would you assume the food is for everyone?  Even if you did make this assumption, wouldn’t you still ask before sticking your dirty fingers in the pile?  Folks, the lesson here is ask before you touch.  Unless this is your significant other or someone who you are accustomed to engaging in this type of behavior with, ask before you reach for the mozzarella stick.  That simple.

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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  1. Robin says:

    Oh my gosh, I would have been so angry! And of course, because I’m a big wuss, I wouldn’t have said a word. This made me laugh — thank you!

  2. Johnna says:

    LoL! Yeah, I really do not know how I would have reacted…but I know I would be disturbed.

  3. L. Denise says:

    Been there! STILL pissed.

  4. Johnna says:

    @L. Denise, lol, this is one of those situations that does stay with you.

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