It is funny, I always use a straw while eating out, if one is not left at the table I will ask for one. At home we never use them…………..Don’t ask why because I do not know! I do not think it has anything to do with worrying if the glass is clean because if I thought that I was not I would not be eating there.
I hate straws. They make my beer fizz.
Exactly eagle, by the way, 20 year tech/rep with the leading chemical/sanitation company for hospitality and foodservice. Oh the things I have seen. By the way, many roadfood listings and mom and pop places do a better job taking care than the gawd awful chains. But ya’ll knew that by the food.
I find it very funny when someone refuses to drink directly from a glass because they aren’t sure it’s clean. What the flip do they think about the utensils they’re putting in their mouths? How about the plate? AND, if the glass isn’t clean, the contents are being contaminated anyway
When I was a server I waited on many who asked for a straw with every drink, even water, and were perplexed and insulted when a straw wasn’t automatically given. Many of these people also requested a glass of hot water with which they sanitized their utensils.
Reminds me of an old song, a line of which went,"The prettiest girl i ever saw was sippin’ cider through a straw…".
New to Roadfood, from Texas, been in CT for 8 yrs now. Nice to meet ya’ll. The east coast straw thing comes from 2 sources. 1st, before our time, according to locals, back in the speak easy days, a "lady" or a "gentleman" never swigged from a bottle, they used a straw. A local waitress tells me, the reason the tradition continues is, people think that if the rim of the glass isn’t clean, the straw is protection. (Remember those paper toilet seat covers?) As far as the little top hat left on the straw, thats to show that the server didn’t touch the part of the straw going into your mouth. Now don’t you feel safer?
A couple years ago all 3 of my brothers and their families were visiting along with our parents, after a day trip to St.Augustine we stopped at Pizza Hut in Jacksonville Beach. Of course a spitball fight broke out,the significant others were mortified, mom was appalled and the kids of course were reduced to tears of laughter. Then horror of horrors an errant paper wad hit one of the local police officers at a table across the the way. RUTROW!! The struck officer glared at the 4 middle aged pranksters, then said something to his 2 compatriots. "Now your gonna get it!" mom staged whispered at the same time the 3 officers returned fire!
There are some things you can only do with your children or adults with a light heart, like spitballs and blowing straw wrappers. When the kids are really young, they enjoy it, as they mature, they start to look at you as if you have two heads. And, that makes it so much more fun!
BTW, I also spear the drop ceiling in my office with very, very sharp pencils, and if I have a straw around, it makes a great blow dart tool with some toothpicks.
Gotta live a little. [}:)]
When I hear (or read) someone referring to a carbonated soft drink as pop I figure they must be from Ohio and other Midwest points where people don’t know that stuff is soda. [:D]
When I saw the caption "straw etiquette" I was afraid some fellow Roadfooder had caught me blowing the paper sheath off of straws in some fast food joint. Much to the distress of my wife and daughter-in-law I’ve taught the technique to my grandchildren.
To straw or not to straw, that is the question.
Whether tis nobler to sip through the lips and down the throat and suffer
the slings and arrows of those against the straw,
or to take arms against the waiter or waitress who delivers the straw sheathed or unsheathed.
It is a sea of troubles.
When I was a child, women and children were given straws. Always clothed in paper.
Now, all are given. We have come far, people.
Actually, I like a straw if there is ice in the drink, (not liquor, but soda or pop).
Hey scorereader, my guy weighs 300 lbs, has a shaved head and a full beard. I don’t think ANYTHING could make him look sissified.
He looks really fearsome, but he’s a total teddy bear. (Shhhh, I never said that.)
I am very glad that the fast food threads were moved off of the front page (except apparently for Wendy’s chili) so that we can discuss this important issue. I, for one, do not use straws even at fast food. The simple reason is that when I do, I end up drinking the beverage way too fast. I also think that every time I see someone drinking a can of pop (yes it’s pop) with a straw that they are probably from New York.
Doesn’t surprise me. pb
When I m finished with my meal I like to take the straw and start stabbing it into various leftovers making them compact up into the straw. It s like taking a sample of the earths core, only not. Then I squish it out all over&
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