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Restaurant hostess leads you to your table, drops a set of wrapped* silverware on floor, picks it up and places it on your table.

*It’s the type that is wrapped in a paper napkin held closed with an adhesive band.



1. Say nothing to the hostess or anyone else, open the napkin and use both it and the silverware.

1a. Say nothing to the hostess, open the napkin and use just the silverware from inside it because it did not touch the floor, but do not use the napkin, ask the waitress/waiter for another napkin.

2. Tell the hostess that you do not want the set that was dropped on the floor and that you would please like it replaced.

3. Walk out immediately with or without saying something about it to any of the staff members.

4. A combination of actions in the above choices.

5. None of the above choices; other answer, namely: ___________________ . . .

Posted - June 10


  • 16388
    Everyone in the place would probably be aware of this before I left.
      June 10, 2022 7:50 PM MDT

  • 4377

    5. None of the above choices; other answer, namely: 

    Randy!  I didn’t know you were at a restaurant in my town!  You should’ve called so we could’ve gotten together for dinner!

      June 10, 2022 8:27 PM MDT

  • 48814


      We’d each have to hire taste-testers before we eat our respective meals, right? I don’t know if you’re in cahoots with the kitchen staff, and you don’t know if I am. 


      June 10, 2022 11:10 PM MDT

  • 368
    #2 and depending on the service, I might alert the manager.
      June 10, 2022 10:30 PM MDT

  • 9850
    5. Ask, "Do I have to pay extra for that?"
      June 10, 2022 10:35 PM MDT

  • 14718
    1a. I'm not fussed about the silverware if it didn't touch the floor, but I'd ask her to replace the soiled napkin.
      June 10, 2022 11:51 PM MDT

  • 29463
    3. I would assume those type of actions also happen in the kitchen.  If they will do it in front of you, they will do it were you cannot see as well.
      June 11, 2022 6:00 AM MDT

  • 11128
    NBD if it's wrapped in cellophane.
      June 11, 2022 7:44 AM MDT

  • 48814


      In this particular situation, there was no cellophane.

      June 11, 2022 11:00 AM MDT

  • 8628
    It's hard to imagine that this scenario (with explicit instructions that anything dropped on the floor should be replaced and never put on the table) wouldn't have been covered on Day 1 of training. 

    Option 2; kindly.   
      June 11, 2022 8:42 AM MDT

  • 48814


      I was flabbergasted. She didn’t even try that old trick of putting it back on the stack of other silverware sets at her station. 


      June 11, 2022 10:59 AM MDT

  • 8628
    Did you leave?
      June 11, 2022 1:47 PM MDT

  • 48814


      No. I chose 1a.

      June 11, 2022 4:28 PM MDT

  • 1869
    What if someone with monkey pox had walked by just before the item was dropped and leaked monkey pox juice on the floor which leaked into the napkin?  (and you didn't realize it)  
      June 11, 2022 5:40 PM MDT

  • 48814


      What if I didn’t use it, just like I stated above?

      June 11, 2022 9:15 PM MDT

  • 1869
    Wise decision.  
      June 12, 2022 12:09 PM MDT