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Eating in public - rude or not?

People eating in trains, on streets and in other public places (aside from restaurants) – is this ok or horribly rude?

Examples:
1. Person enters the train, sits down across from you and eats his Big Mac Menu.
2. Person enters the train, sits down across from you and drinks his coffee.
3. You walk down the street and the person bumping into you is munching his sandwich.
4. You enter the train station and see a group of people sitting on the stairs, with multiple takeaway foods next to them, eating. They leave a large enough gap for people to go up and down the stairs comfortably.

The less offensive the smell, the less I care what whoever is sitting across from me is eating. But garlic odor grosses me out.
People eating outside (walking or sitting somewhere) don’t bug me, as long as they clean up after themselves.


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Old 30.03.2012, 18:07
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Re: Eating in public - rude or not?

I always eat on trains, usually some dried sausage and stinky cheese, and of course a bottle of wine!

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Re: Eating in public - rude or not?

I dont really care about any of them.

I think in this day, when people have to work so much, and in this country where you can struggle to find food after work and have a shocking serious lack of options and take away possibilities, it is to be expected.

If you havent stocked up your cupboards and fridge/freezers by going shopping on Saturday, which is virtually the only time you can shop as shops dont seem to want too much custom from the public here, or perhaps assume people will take days off work to shop, like you have to do to go post office, or collect any kind of sign for post, then you often have no choice to grab something to eat in public or on transport.

Nothing worse than eating something cold thats supposed to be hot because didnt want to offend anyone.
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Re: Eating in public - rude or not?

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People eating in trains, on streets and in other public places (aside from restaurants) – is this ok or horribly rude?

Examples:
1. Person enters the train, sits down across from you and eats his Big Mac Menu.
2. Person enters the train, sits down across from you and drinks his coffee.
3. You walk down the street and the person bumping into you is munching his sandwich.
4. You enter the train station and see a group of people sitting on the stairs, with multiple takeaway foods next to them, eating. They leave a large enough gap for people to go up and down the stairs comfortably.
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1. Absolute no-go. Same thing Swiss cheese and babbling old Swiss German ladies eating it spitting it everywhere.

2. OK

3. Shit happens.

4. OK.
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Re: Eating in public - rude or not?

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People eating in trains, on streets and in other public places (aside from restaurants) – is this ok or horribly rude?

Examples:
1. Person enters the train, sits down across from you and eats his Big Mac Menu.
2. Person enters the train, sits down across from you and drinks his coffee.
3. You walk down the street and the person bumping into you is munching his sandwich.
4. You enter the train station and see a group of people sitting on the stairs, with multiple takeaway foods next to them, eating. They leave a large enough gap for people to go up and down the stairs comfortably.
I have no problem with any of the examples mentioned, although I'm not quite sure about item #3 because I'm Swiss and grew up in Switzerland, which means I never get bumped into.

Of course I feel peed off when those people leave litter all over the place or overfill garbage baskets and the like.
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Old 30.03.2012, 18:33
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I dont really care about any of them.

I think in this day, when people have to work so much, and in this country where you can struggle to find food after work and have a shocking serious lack of options and take away possibilities, it is to be expected.

If you havent stocked up your cupboards and fridge/freezers by going shopping on Saturday, which is virtually the only time you can shop as shops dont seem to want too much custom from the public here, or perhaps assume people will take days off work to shop, like you have to do to go post office, or collect any kind of sign for post, then you often have no choice to grab something to eat in public or on transport.

Nothing worse than eating something cold thats supposed to be hot because didnt want to offend anyone.
all you need is a wife at home who will be more than happy to go to the post office for you to collect packages, etc

Of course it isn't rude. I think it would be more rude if the person sat across from me with a bag full of Big Mac menu and didn't eat it. I mean, letting it go to waste and all...

If you're hungry, you have the means and the opportunity to eat - you do it, I would think.
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Old 30.03.2012, 18:37
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Re: Eating in public - rude or not?

My old headmistress used to say 'only cows eat outside'! If we were seen eating on the street in uniform, we were in big trouble.
I don't mind people eating on the street, trains, buses etc, maybe I am rebelling against my strict all girls school of the 1970's!
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Old 30.03.2012, 18:40
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Re: Eating in public - rude or not?

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Should they ban eating on trains?
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Old 30.03.2012, 18:42
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Re: Eating in public - rude or not?

The only time I think it is rude to eat in public is when you are in a Muslim country during the month of Ramadan.

Otherwise, knock yourself out!
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Old 30.03.2012, 19:04
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Re: Eating in public - rude or not?

I'm from New York city, and there is certainly no shortage of street food or people dining al fresco. I've seen people eat everything from bagels, cupcakes and McDonald's breakfast sandwiches to Gyros, salads, pizza, sushi and messy Chinese takeaway in public. So I'm used to it.

I've seen lots of people eat and drink in public here, too, in train stations, on the trains, trams, etc., and I couldn't care less. I've also seen them roll joints in the train station and light up, too. Doesn't bother me either.

As you said, as long as they clean up after themselves and don't litter.

Otherwise, Live and let live.
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The only time I think it is rude to eat in public is when you are in a Muslim country during the month of Ramadan.

Otherwise, knock yourself out!
Especially bacon butties.
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Old 30.03.2012, 19:09
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Re: Eating in public - rude or not?

In general, as long as the meal in question isn't of a particularly pungent nature I don't thinks it's an issue at all.

But please, I don't want to see, or hear any bit of your chewed food!
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Especially bacon butties.
You can find bacon in Istanbul
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Re: Eating in public - rude or not?

Once I lamentably threw up in he train because someone was eating a smelly egg sandwich and it triggered my morning sickness

But when I'm not pregnant I absolutely dont care what people are eating
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Re: Eating in public - rude or not?

Yeah, don't care. Being an American, eating on the go is a key part of life!

I think general office rules should apply to trains. No super-stinky stuff like really strong cheese, smelly fish, or other items that generally fill the train with what you are ingesting, but otherwise I am fine with it.

What I wouldn't give for some gyro or Mexican from the NYC food carts right now!!!
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Re: Eating in public - rude or not?

As a native southern Californian,and a professional musician/guitarist in Lozärn and Kriens;I've never had a problem with eating in public what so ever.


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Well maybe you should go to India and do a train trip. Eating is the main thing on the trains.For that matter everywhere. But then most of the people are vegetarians. The smell of these mac's or donas makes me wanna puke....if you know what I mean.
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People eating in trains, on streets and in other public places (aside from restaurants) – is this ok or horribly rude?

Examples:
1. Person enters the train, sits down across from you and eats his Big Mac Menu.
2. Person enters the train, sits down across from you and drinks his coffee.
3. You walk down the street and the person bumping into you is munching his sandwich.
4. You enter the train station and see a group of people sitting on the stairs, with multiple takeaway foods next to them, eating. They leave a large enough gap for people to go up and down the stairs comfortably.

The less offensive the smell, the less I care what whoever is sitting across from me is eating. But garlic odor grosses me out.
People eating outside (walking or sitting somewhere) don’t bug me, as long as they clean up after themselves.


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I usually just say: Bon Appétit !!
with a smile and keep walking
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Old 30.03.2012, 22:46
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Yeah, don't care. Being an American, eating on the go is a key part of life!
Don't you mean eating non-stop?
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