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Poll: How Do You Feel About Toothpicks in Restaurants?

How Do You Feel About Toothpicks in Restaurants?

Toothpicks may be the perfect utensil for bite-sized appetizers, but many restaurants still offer them for another purpose: to keep food out of one's teeth. In my experience, trays of toothpicks have always been ubiquitous at casual restaurants, yet I've always felt iffy about publicly picking something out of my teeth. How do you feel about toothpicks being offered at restaurants?


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The-New-Black The-New-Black 8 years
if they're used the way they do in Asia - with the other hand covering the mouth - then it's fine. what's worse, imo, is when the picks are not individually wrapped and god knows how many dirty hand have touched the toothpick before you.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I think it's gross and impolite to use them at the table. Go into the restroom if you must pick your teeth.
kh61582 kh61582 8 years
My dad always used them and so did my ex. I kinda hate them but not because it's unattractive to look at. I hate them because I just imagine the sharp end scrapping between teeth and the idea creeps me out. Isn't floss so much better? Why would you use a wooden toothpick when you could use floss?
Allytta Allytta 8 years
i do use them if i need to. not on a date of course. i make sure it's not obscene and i cover everything with my lips, so nobody can see what exactly i'm doing.
partysugar partysugar 8 years
I normally grab one on my way out if I need it.
simplystella simplystella 8 years
Oh, that's a little gross. I'd rather carry a toothbrush with myself and sneak into the bathroom to brush my teeth.
lavendera lavendera 8 years
They're fine if you don't go at your teeth in public. Take one, stick it in your mouth, walk out the door, and to the car. Do whatever the hell you have to do out of sight. Also---I never knew people sucked on the toothpick after picking their teeth. I think I'm going to go vomit now.
jhig jhig 8 years
Tacky as best. The last time I saw a person pick up a tooth-pick ... I nearly got up and smacked him around, all the while yelling, "Where is you manner!" He picked his teeth, smacked his lips, and slurped the remaining food and saliva lodge between his gums. Talk about a nasy habit.
Tabloid Tabloid 8 years
I don't like them because some don't hide their mouth when they're doing it and it is disturbing me. Urgh, I find it impolite and no class.
dit-dah-dit dit-dah-dit 8 years
I love them, but I chew on them and don't use them to pick things out of my teeth
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
I think it's a nice service to offer but it can be done in more appropriate ways, like in the restrooms or like some already do on the way out wrapped in plastic. This way those who want or need to use them can do so w/out doing it while seated at the table.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i understand how they are helpful, but i think that it's horrible etiquette to have someone sit there and pick their teeth even at the entrance of the restaurant since that's what most people do as soon as they pick one up
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 8 years
I like them, but use them in the restroom or in your car, not in the dining area. I'd rather use a toothpick than have spinach in my teeth the remainder of the night
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 8 years
I don't mind them. But I think it would be bad manners (and gross) to pick you teeth at the table.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
UGH so gross!!!!!!!!!
muse2323 muse2323 8 years
I never even noticed them in restaurants before I met my husband, who's a bit of a toothpick addict, but I don't mind them in restaurants. Probably the best knickknack he's ever found was a pocket toothpick holder (which he picked up at a diner in Weed, California); he's never without it.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
OK, so I have this weird thing with wooden implements in people's mouths...toothpicks, popsicle sticks, those wooden coffee stirrers, etc. being chewed by people's teeth just makes my skin crawl. Whenever we go to a restaurant that has toothpicks, my husband takes them and just chews on them so he can watch me bristle at it...I can't stand 'em.
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
I don't mind them as long as you don't do that gross sucking noise with it. It makes me want to gag.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
My vendor carries them on the bacon wrapped dog cart....half way done with a clean mouth when 3 a.m. walk home is done.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I don't use them, I'll just floss at home.
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