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which ettiquete rule trumps the other?

 
fred rosenberger
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At work this morning, I was in the kitchen getting some coffee. I had just taken a large bite of my breakfast when someone walked in and said "Hi". Now, it would be rude to not say "Hi" back to her. However, it is also rude to talk with food in your mouth.

My brain froze for a moment, as I didn't know what to do.

I eventually put my hand in front of my mouth, and mumbled something barely intelligible. Was that the right thing to do? Should I have paused another 4-5 seconds, hastily chewed and swallowed the bagel first and THEN say hello?

So this may not be the most interesting topic, but that is why it's called 'Meaningless drivel'.
 
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Wave.
 
David O'Meara
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and smile.
 
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Grunt. That's pretty much all I do in the morning anyway before my coffee.
 
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You are communicating directly with your co-workers? Call yourself a geek! Stare blankly like they don't exist and email/IM them once your safely back behind your monitors.
 
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It was a female? You really ought to make the most of such opportunities . . .




. . . oh, come to think of it, you already have one wife, haven't you
 
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