Christmas Party Double Dippers

So it’s that time of year where we go to lots and lots of parties and exchange lots and lots of germs through handshakes, doorknobs, grocery carts and dip.  Wait a minute!  Dip?  Yes, vegetable, chip, and salsa dip.  I was at a Christmas party and noticed one guest carrying on a conversation with others and REDIPPING into the community vegetable dip bowl.  He was so engrossed in the conversation I’m sure he didn’t realize he was triple dipping. 

What would Miss Manners say?  What is the responsible thing to do?  Show him my antibacterial badge and escort him from the building?  Remind him this is a “no double dipping” zone?  I was flummoxed beyond belief. Anyone have a story to share? 


2 Responses to Christmas Party Double Dippers

  1. Migraineur says:

    I can actually tell you what Miss Manners (my personal hero) says about this – if the thing you are dipping is large enough, like a celery stick or a very large chip, double dipping IS allowed … provided that you turn the item around and dip the end that hasn’t been in your mouth. Personally, I don’t have the guts to do even that unless I know the other people very, very well!

    She also says that when you see someone doing something truly gross like multiple dipping or sneezing into the salad bar, the polite thing to do is to quietly and gently alert the person in charge – the host or the restaurant staff. She recommends, “I’m not really sure, but I think I saw that man take a bite out of that bagel and put it back.” The host has to decide whether to chastise the person or just whisk the dip away and replace it with a fresh one.

  2. jennifer400 says:

    Thanks so much for this advice! I’m tucking this info away for future use.

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