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Topic : 03/06 Etiquette Dilemmas

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Created on : Friday, September 14, 2007, 03:44:36 pm
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(Original Air Date: 09/18/07) Does it annoy you to no end when someone uses a cell phone at the dinner table or chews with his or her mouth open? Along with author Peggy Post, Dr. Phil tackles the dos and don’ts of etiquette. One issue making recent headlines is appropriate in-flight attire. Kyla was flying to Phoenix on Southwest Airlines when an employee informed her that her outfit was too skimpy. Kyla saw nothing wrong with the way she was dressed and was appalled when she was asked to cover up. Did the airline go overboard, or was Kyla too tantalizing for take-off? Then, Kate took her 19-month-old son on his first flight, but she was removed from the plane when he became too talkative. Was the airline out of line for telling Kate to shut her baby up? Peggy Post weighs in on this polarizing problem. And, Joan says she doesn’t have any peace at home because of all the noise her family makes – from loud chewing to clinking dinnerware. Her husband, Bob, says he and their three children have to walk on eggshells around Joan just to eat dinner. Is Joan overly sensitive, or does her family need to be reined in? Plus, meet a woman who says her husband’s bad manners didn’t disturb her until she had a baby, and a guest who nominated herself as having the worst etiquette in the country! Share your own etiquette peeves and join the discussion.

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September 15, 2007, 7:36 am CDT

Worst Date

I was stunned and nauseated when a date blew his nose in his dinner napkin then returned to eating without missing a beat!  
September 15, 2007, 9:19 am CDT

Drives me nuts too

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I was stunned and nauseated when a date blew his nose in his dinner napkin then returned to eating without missing a beat!  

That is one thing that makes me crazy.  When I am putting food in my mouth and someone blows their nose.  It happened in a nice casino resturant once and I just don't understand why people don't realize what they are doing.  I do not want to think about nose fluid when I am eating. 

A woman at work does it every day during lunch.


I leave the room when I need to blow my nose.

September 15, 2007, 9:28 am CDT

"Kling-kling and gulp gulp"

My husband, also, when he eats soup, has to kling, kling, kling his spoon...on a plate or wors, when he has a bowl of soup. If I don't say a word, and just give him the "look"...he will do it even more.  I've been tempted to buy some "plastic ware" for meals. It would be quieter.  Also when he drinks soda/pop or milk..he SUCKS and GULPS it down, too. Until someone he cares about,  says something...he won't change.
September 15, 2007, 10:03 am CDT

What about my rights?

I happen to see Kyla on the Today show with her mother and attorney. Matt interviewed her for several minutes in a close up shot. She was then asked to stand up and show the "outfit" she was wearing on that fateful day. The outfit was nice, the skirt in my opinion was a bit short, but what bothered me, was when she sat down, you could see her underwear; perhaps this was the situation on the plane. Was a family exposed to her exposure, and in trying to protect someone's innocence, did they complain?


Kyla said to begin with, she just wanted an apology...but now they are contemplating whether or not to file a this another situation where a child being told "no" throws a tantrum and we are going to give into that "fit" ???? Our society has become a "I can do what I want no matter what"....laws are blatantly broken and another attorney makes more money and a name for themselves by defending a wrong doing. We need to start thinking others "rights"  as much as we think about our may change society a little.

September 15, 2007, 11:00 am CDT


What drives me through the wall is someone who chews their ice!!!  I almost have to leave the room.  Anybody else have this problem?

September 15, 2007, 11:41 am CDT

Noise bothers Joan

Could Joan possibly have Adult Attention Deficite Disorder?  ADDers are frequently disturbed by noises that irritate them: like chewing & smacking, pencil clicking, gum popping, clock ticking, etc.  I know, I live with one who can be extremely irritated by things that I barely hear.  Medication has helped a whole lot in our situation!



September 15, 2007, 12:36 pm CDT

Southwest Airlines was RIGHT

 Dr. Phil,
You got it wrong this time.  Southwest was right to tell that young woman to put more clothes on.  I don't want to see anyone's underwear when I'm in public, male or female.

She had obviously pulled down her skirt and shirt to make it more chaste.  In a civil society we need to wear clothing.  What about social norms and standards?  You got it wrong.  People ned to wear clothes when they go out!

September 15, 2007, 12:59 pm CDT


I would like to speak on the topics of cell phones and manners at the table. First, it really irks me when I'm sitting at a meal time and someone has their cell phone turned on and he or she thinks it's so important to answer the thing during that time and then sit there having a conversation with someone else and I've been trying to talk to them. I've been out with friends that are constantly answering their phones whether it's in the automobile, restuarants, shopping, etc. I can understand if they're expecting an important phone call, emergency whatever.

Second, manners at the table is important to me. One thing that comes to mind that use to really set my nerves on edge was when my stepson would make so much noise with his fork and knife. Example: if we were having eggs for breakfast, no matter how they were fixed, he'd take his fork and beat the plate chopping the eggs up into mush. You could hear the clatter 2 rooms away from the kitchen. I found a remedy for that, I bought paper plates and made him use them. Another thing was when I fried chicken he'd take the skin off and throw it on the floor. Needless to say I never took him out to eat. I think people need to be polite no matter where they are. There's no excuse for rudeness.

September 15, 2007, 1:36 pm CDT

Disgusting to me.

I have noticed that some people are not ashamed to pass gas in front of people they don't know well. Is this a faux pas? I know it's a bodily function, but I don't do that in front of anyone but my husband of 33 years.
September 15, 2007, 1:59 pm CDT

Too much for the ride

Kyla was legally yet inappropriately attired for a flight. She was unable to sit down without providing a Fruit of the Loom exposure. At least she had Fruit of the Looms on unlike Britney's ongoing exposure. Without a stated dress policy code prohibiting what she wore the airline employee acted inappropriately by chastising her.
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