by Judith Martin, Nicholas Ivor Martin and Jacobina Martin
DEAR MISS MANNERS: Often, when my husband and I are at a restaurant, I can’t finish my meal and I request to have it boxed up.
We were at a rather nice private club one evening, and I mentioned to him I’d like to take home half my meal, which was untouched. He told me that that was not at all appropriate, so I didn’t. What are your thoughts?
GENTLE READER: Doggie bags are not quite as despised by Miss Manners as you may think, as the concept dates back to Roman times. (Not that that is a rule that should be generally applied.)
Yet she is appalled by guests at dinner parties who seek to take home their hosts’ leftovers. A private club is considered to be the same as the home of its members. So if you are a member, go ahead. If you are the guest of a member, do not.
America is a Great Country in which to live.