My boyfriend Andrew and I were enjoying Saturday brunch with another couple we're friendly with when I witnessed what I'm nominating as worst etiquette breach of the year.
The girl, who I'll call K, was telling a story when her boyfriend, who I'll call S, stopped her mid-sentence.
"You've got something in your teeth."
She was a little caught off guard, but immediately closed her mouth and ran her tongue over her teeth. Unsuccessful, she rolled up her napkin and tried to use it as a toothpick, as he shouted out instructions about which teeth the offending piece of food was lodged in between.
"More to the left, you just passed it!"
She kept picking, but when it was clear that it just wasn't coming out, he leaned in and stuck his finger into her mouth to try and get it out himself.
As I looked on in horror, Andrew pretended to be searching for something in his wallet, too grossed out to watch. After what seemed like hours, S finally caught the piece of food and pulled it out of K's teeth. Relieved as I was that the show was finally over, I called the waitress over to bring us the check. We were finished with our meal and I really didn't want to spend any more time with these people. But it wasn't over yet.
For their grand finale, K turned to S, stared lovingly into his eyes and thanked him for helping her. "Oh baby, you know I'd do anything for you," he replied. Then they started making out.
This traumatic event combined two of my biggest pet peeves, public grooming and PDA. I'm a big fan of personal space, and on top of protecting my own, I get grossed out when other people are all over each other. And public grooming is rampant; on the train today I watched a woman apply a full face of makeup (including eyeliner! that's some serious skill). I know what it's like to be crunched for time in the morning, but do you have to recreate your bathroom routine during my commute?
I thought I'd throw the question out to all of you- what's your biggest etiquette pet peeve and what's the worst etiquette breach you've personally witnessed?