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Re: Eating in public - rude or not?

I am not that old and in the "Old World", you ate during meal times, not in the street. Ice creams were the only exception. Call it uptight if you want, I call it good manners, others "cultural differences" and it is irrelevant whether it is 18th or 21st century. But even if it annoys me slightly to see some people dribbling their food on public transport or in a park and leaving their packaging behind, it is relatively minor and petty, life goes on.

I only wish that the lady who had a go at you was as brave when a child gets smacked in public or a woman gets harassed by some blokes or someone is the victim of racist insults in public. That's when I wish the so-called "civics" displayed their courage.
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I have to say that since I am here in Switzerland my eating on the go is more controlled, especially after I read/saw a sign on the bus that clearly states that is forbidden!!!!
I dont mind eating and seeing people eating in public...but i just see that its not very common like in the US or other Eu countries....
No smoking

No paper cup style drinks or knives and forks

No one legged people with disintegrating arms

Seems to me eating is fine


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Old 05.04.2012, 00:32
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I am not that old and in the "Old World", you ate during meal times
So, If I eat on the train between 12h and 13h, how is that different?

And it WILL take me an hour (or two) to go though the various courses I will bring on board!

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I have to say that since I am here in Switzerland my eating on the go is more controlled, especially after I read/saw a sign on the bus that clearly states that is forbidden!!!!
I dont mind eating and seeing people eating in public...but i just see that its not very common like in the US or other Eu countries....
I mean eating and drinking on trains and trams is easy but on buses is at times a bit difficult. But in general eating outside or on trains and trams is as common as elsewhere. And quite in contrast to the USA, drinking alcoholic beverages outside on the road is perfectly normal
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Re: Eating in public - rude or not?

Eating in public is not rude as long as the participants don't
leave their rubbish behind while doing it.

Drinking in public is not all that common in the US except
for a few places like New Orleans or Las Vegas.
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Re: Eating in public - rude or not?

Ah, but you see, you are sitting down! Plus I assume you will have brought with you a small white table cloth, silverware and a good bottle of Bordeaux 2005!
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So, If I eat on the train between 12h and 13h, how is that different?

And it WILL take me an hour (or two) to go though the various courses I will bring on board!

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Ah, but you see, you are sitting down! Plus I assume you will have brought with you a small white table cloth, silverware and a good bottle of Bordeaux 2005!
No table cloth, but a cutting board and large knife, silverware if required, and a suitable wine (and maybe even a glass).

And, of course, a Swiss knife with a corkscrew!

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Re: Eating in public - rude or not?

I think there is a generation issue on one side and a continental issue on the other side.
The older generation (or younger people relating to its social behaviour norms) won't tell anybody, but they will definitely consider eating in public on the go as a plebeian misconduct.
The northern american way of life being exported widely and now part of the modern european way of life too, this behaviour is less likely to be condemned by urban younger crowd.
The culture, hence the country where you are and/or come from does the rest. One can not say that the Japanese are especially reluctant to eat anywhere at anytime... but still, nobody eats on the go. You just don't walk and eat at the same time in Japan. I won't fire up the debate US vs. Europe, but the bourgeois way of life is still strong in the middle class and the educated upwards striving people in Europe. It doesn't mean that the same people don't eat in public, it just means that it is a far more ambiguous relationship to manners than in cultures where this old european bourgeois culture never was strong in the first place.
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I mean eating and drinking on trains and trams is easy but on buses is at times a bit difficult. But in general eating outside or on trains and trams is as common as elsewhere. And quite in contrast to the USA, drinking alcoholic beverages outside on the road is perfectly normal
Yes. Don't you need a brown paper bag for drinking/carrying alcohol in public in the US?
That makes everything alright, of course ..
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I've just come from from one of the poorest countries in the world where food isnt wasted and where I started my morning by finding a dead body on the road. Then I read this thread which starts with "the smell of garlic grosses me out".

I really hope I don't lose this perspective.
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Re: Eating in public - rude or not?

I saw a news item that showed TWO dead bodies. So keep some perspective, KeinFranzösisch.
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I've just come from from one of the poorest countries in the world where food isnt wasted and where I started my morning by finding a dead body on the road. Then I read this thread which starts with "the smell of garlic grosses me out".

I really hope I don't lose this perspective.
Hooray! Someone with some sense!!
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Re: Eating in public - rude or not?

Going to set myself up for a few groans probably.....but, I would say an enthusiatic chewing gum chewer sat next to you can be pretty annoying too
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an enthusiatic chewing gum chewer sat next to you can be pretty annoying too
Why... was it a garlic chewing gum?



Hint: this message is not about garlic...
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Ah, but you see, you are sitting down! Plus I assume you will have brought with you a small white table cloth, silverware and a good bottle of Bordeaux 2005!
Style ! I practically always have that beautiful metal cup for beer etc with me I bought some 3 years ago, out of a sale of outdated military stuff. Had never seen such "cups" in military service and so suppose it was in use with higher echelons. A year ago at Sechseläuten, on the Lindenhof, a lady told me that this "cup" made style, and did not look like drinking out of the can. and that what beer I had purchased did not matter at all, neither did the price of the cup

Bus drivers who see that you use a kind of cup and do not just drink "out of the can" do not even look at you twice. They automatically assume that a person who uses decent stuff to drink beer or wine also does behave in a decent manner.
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No table cloth, but a cutting board and large knife, silverware if required, and a suitable wine (and maybe even a glass).

And, of course, a Swiss knife with a corkscrew!

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Re: Eating in public - rude or not?

I used to live in Japan before Switzerland and eating in public transport there is absolutely rude... you just don't do that!

I personnaly don't care, I know the wifey does though
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I used to live in Japan before Switzerland and eating in public transport there is absolutely rude... you just don't do that!

I personnaly don't care, I know the wifey does though
Well durrrrr, have you seen how our Chinese and Japanese friends eat?

Lip smacking and slurping galore, no wonder it is deemed rude
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Re: Eating in public - rude or not?

Not at all, I've eaten in the streets, trains, public transportation many time and nobody has ever said anything...does not mean it bothers them... I think as long as one does not eat like a pig, there shouldn't be any problems
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Re: Eating in public - rude or not?

And drinking in public is usually no problem either...for as long as there is no littering
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