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Etiquette: Do we use a Straw?

Have you ever noticed that water served at a fine restaurant never has a straw.  The server doesn’t ask if you would like a straw.   A casual restaurant does.  Why?  It is about cleanliness.

I prefer for my children to use straws when going out to restaurants.  I never know what is going on in a restaurant kitchen.  Equipment breaks down. It is very difficult to set up a three compartment sink and start the regulations of hand washing plates. It requires a tremendous amount of supervision by the management of a restaurant.  So, before you take the straw out, think where you are having your children drink.  Take a look at the cleanliness of the glass and never be embarrassed about asking for a straw or a new glass.  I really like the styrofoam cup with a cover for my children.

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Filed under: ETIQUETTE, Everyday Manners, Table Manners

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