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Pet Peeve #248, Mostly In Run-On Sentences.

If you were at a reception and you put some cheese and crackers on your plate and then you walked away from the table to go and talk to your friends and while you were talking to your friends you were eating and suddenly one of your crackers fell on the ground…

Would you pick it up and dispose of it out of respect for the venue and the people who work there, as well as to show others around you that you not only are aware of what’s going on around you but also that you are a responsible resident of earth who cares about doing the right thing, OR…

Would you give it a half-glance before looking at your plate to see what you had left to eat, and then continue chatting and laughing with those around you, figuring that someone else would pick up the fallen cracker eventually?

I watched two crackers fall at an event yesterday, each from the plate of someone different. In both cases, the latter scenario came into play. And so I ask you, “What is wrong with people??”

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  • Shannon August 21, 2011, 10:42 am

    I don’t know what I would do because I can’t recall that happening to me specifically, which is odd because I do drop a lot of stuff, especially in formal-ish reception-type situations. I’d like to think I would pick up the cracker, though. I am surprised especially that people would just leave it on the floor when others are watching.

    I do admit to leaving fruit on the floor of the grocery store when it drops, though, but that’s mostly so another customer doesn’t buy it.

    • Melisa August 21, 2011, 7:33 pm

      I am certain they didn’t see me watching them: if they had, they probably would have picked up the crackers. I like to think so, anyway!

  • Tara R. August 21, 2011, 10:58 am

    I would pick the food up and throw it away because that’s how my momma raised me. The first time I saw someone do this, I might not say anything, especially if I wasn’t standing close by. The second time I would pick it up and throw it away myself. Maybe even hand it back to the person who dropped it. Meh!

    I know what you mean though. These are probably the same people who through empty bags of fast food trash out of their car windows.

    • Melisa August 21, 2011, 7:31 pm

      OY! That drives me crazy, too!!!

  • Momo Fali August 21, 2011, 10:58 am

    In public, I would pick it up. At home, I would yell for the dogs.

    • Melisa August 21, 2011, 11:11 am

      Totally agree! haha

  • TheNextMartha August 21, 2011, 11:23 am

    What happened to the 4 sec. rule? I’d pick it up and eat them topped with delicious cheese.

    • Melisa August 21, 2011, 7:31 pm

      Good one. I wish they would have done that.

  • Lisa August 21, 2011, 12:00 pm

    People are idiots, and rude. Consideration is dying out, along with kindness and customer service… And appreciation for run-on sentences.

    • Melisa August 21, 2011, 7:30 pm

      Gah, I hate poor customer service. I want to go back to the sixties where customer service is concerned. And gas stations. I miss full service.

  • HouseofJules August 21, 2011, 1:53 pm

    These are the same people who leave the label peels from the priority mail envelopes and their postage receipts laying around at the post office when a trash can is 2 feet away. SO ANNOYING.

    • Melisa August 21, 2011, 7:30 pm

      So true. Jerks.

  • megryansmom August 21, 2011, 4:01 pm

    Thank goodness I picked up my pineapple or I’d be the subject of your post today LOL

    • Melisa August 21, 2011, 7:29 pm

      I KNOW!! You were a good citizen of earth yesterday. 🙂

  • Headless Mom August 21, 2011, 11:38 pm

    I hate that. I’m the person that would have picked up all of the dropped stuff and taken it to the trash!

    • Melisa August 22, 2011, 10:22 am

      You should’ve been there. 🙂

  • As Cape Cod Turns August 22, 2011, 7:13 am

    I even pick things up at grocery stores that have fallen off the shelves from other people!!! Rudness and entitlement drive me nuts! Maybe you should have stepped on the cracker and then told them that they dropped it 🙂

    • Melisa August 22, 2011, 10:22 am

      THAT would’ve been something…

  • Heather August 22, 2011, 7:56 am

    Wow, are people really that dense? I never realized that dropping a cracker and expecting the people who clean there or someone else to pick it up was considered acceptable! My god.

    • Melisa August 22, 2011, 10:23 am

      YES, some are. Unfortunately!