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    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Your Biggest "People eating..." Turnoff?


    "Sqwertz" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    >I was aghast at somebody on Chowhound who said she "hates watching fat
    > people eat" for no reason other than (although semi-admittedly
    > unreasonable) she thinks it's disgusting.
    >

    I know a person who says the same thing. And guess what? He's fat!

    > I was hard pressed to think of anything I hate while People Eating
    > Food Watching. We all have a habit or more that will somebody will
    > find offensive whether it's tearing open a bag of chips rather than
    > pulling gently at the seams, or eating a donut or fried chicken with a
    > knife and fork.
    >
    > I generally don't form opinions based on any single eating manner
    > alone, but take into account other mannerisms as well. But there is
    > one deal-breaker for me: People that eat with 5 fingers.
    >
    > I'm not talking about people who pick up a few pieces Chex Mix with 5
    > fingers (or 4 fingers and an opposable thumb for you
    > anatomically-correct people) and drop them gently into their mouth,
    > but people who pick up larger amounts of popcorn, Twinkies, potato
    > chips, or nuts with 5 fingers and practically *force* them into their
    > gaping lips so as that all 4 fingers enter your mouth and extract
    > themselves automatically covered with wet crumbs from the previous
    > chew. And their oblivious to what their doing.
    >
    > I don't think that's an unreasonable People-Eating-Phobia (is there a
    > "*phobia"-word for that yet?). I've been *really* hungry many times
    > (more often desperately thirsty) but not like that. And it's not as if
    > their hungry in the first place - it seems to hold no social or status
    > boundaries. From off-guard CEO's to homeless people. And eveyone in
    > between.
    >
    > So fess up: what do you hate about people-eating mannerisms that other
    > people may think otherwise? Feel free to disguise your own guilt as
    > somebody else's. I admit I'm pretty hard to gross out, but mine would
    > be eating bone-in ribeyes like chicken drumsticks. But I never do
    > that in public unless I'm really hungry and don't have anyplace to
    > cook it.
    >
    > ObEdibleness: Bone-in chuck short rib stew tonight. I looked at
    > oxtails but they were $2/lb more. Someday I'll cook them soon for the
    > first time.


    I don't like seeing people eat whole fish, lobsters, crabs or other things
    with bones in them. But that has less to do with the people and more to do
    with the fact that I am reminded of dead animals.

    I guess I do have one peeve. When I worked at K Mart we sold popcorn in
    bags. Now as much as I love popcorn (and theirs *was* good until they got
    the Air Popt machine), I don't much like people eating it while shopping.
    Especially in the clothing department. Yes, my daughter and I do get
    popcorn at Ace Hardware but they are teensy bags. We do not touch anything
    while eating it and we do wash our hands in the bathroom before we do. What
    my peeve was, was the people who would dig and dig and dig in the bag. You
    could hear the popcorn rolling and rolling under their fingers. All the
    while they would be talking to you and groping and grabbing and rolling at
    the popcorn and seemingly never able to get a hold of any. I would want to
    scream, "Just shut up for a minute, concentrate and take a bite!" I know
    quite a few people who have a problem with others who cram too much popcorn
    into their mouth at once. And I can fall victim of that myself. Once I get
    a hold of it, I don't want to put it back. I had a coworker who had
    perfected what she thought was the perfect popcorn finger tweeze. She even
    demonstrated it to me. She would stab in her thumb and two fingers and then
    extract a perfect two or three kernels each time. No more and no less. She
    also carried a little pocket knife with her for cutting down bags of chips.
    That way as the supply of chips went down, she didn't have to reach deeply
    into the bag and get grease on her fingers.



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    ViLco Guest

    Default Re: Your Biggest "People eating..." Turnoff?

    Julie Bove wrote:

    > had a coworker who had perfected what she thought was the perfect
    > popcorn finger tweeze. She even demonstrated it to me. She would
    > stab in her thumb and two fingers and then extract a perfect two or
    > three kernels each time. No more and no less. She also carried a
    > little pocket knife with her for cutting down bags of chips. That way
    > as the supply of chips went down, she didn't have to reach deeply
    > into the bag and get grease on her fingers.


    Now, that's class!




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