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Should I pick up other dogs' poop while walking my dogs?

Should I pick up other dogs' poop while walking my dogs? I pick up my own dogs' poop but I don't pick up other poops when I am on walks. Am I being clueless when I step over another dog's poop without picking it up? [more inside]
posted by dottiechang on Nov 1, 2012 - 35 answers

Is maintaining one's boundaries beyond the bounds of etiquette?

How does the etiquette concept that "The only thing ruder than rudeness is pointing out said rudeness" not imply letting oneself get walked all over? Help me understand this, if you would? [more inside]
posted by Someone Else's Story on Oct 27, 2012 - 21 answers

"I wouldn't miss it" won't work either...

Introvert needs help with social niceties at a funeral. [more inside]
posted by miaou on Oct 24, 2012 - 16 answers

Take the money and drive?

I've been asked to speak at a student group at my old college, which is about 100 miles away. They've offered to pay for my gas; should I accept, or would it be more charitable to decline?
posted by adverb on Oct 23, 2012 - 14 answers

hostess gift in a hurry

What's an appropriate hostess gift in this situation? [more inside]
posted by homodachi on Oct 21, 2012 - 10 answers

Another one rides the bus

What's the correct way to ride the bus and get off at a certain stop? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Oct 9, 2012 - 28 answers

Secretary job interview secrets?

I would like some help preparing for job interview. Are there any secretaries here that can please help me out? [more inside]
posted by Groundhog Week on Oct 1, 2012 - 10 answers

We'd like that gift NOW, please

Several months ago, for my partner's birthday, my MIL decided to gift us with an electric kettle. We were happy, because we had been planning to get one, and said as much to her. But then she couldn't find the "right one" (she's quite particular about aesthetics) and now the whole idea seems to have slipped off her radar. But the winter is approaching, we're making a lot of tea, and we would really really like to have that kettle. Do we remind her, buy it ourselves, or what? [more inside]
posted by gakiko on Sep 28, 2012 - 28 answers

my business ain't nobody's business

Help me write a funny, effective, non-shaming sign asking people to please not talk on their cellphones in the office restroom. [more inside]
posted by elizeh on Sep 27, 2012 - 27 answers

I'm not trying to buy your affection but here's some cash

I am visiting my boyfriend's family for Christmas. His parents and two of his younger brothers (still in school) will be there, and I've met each of them very briefly. They celebrate Christmas with gift exchanges, but I was thinking about giving them cash, partly because I feel I don't know them well, partly because I don't want to travel with lots of boxes, and partly because cash is a perfectly acceptable gift in my culture (for New Year's Day). I've asked my boyfriend and he seemed lukewarm, but not entirely against it. Is this an absolutely horrible idea? If it's not, what is a good amount that says I'm not stingy, but also also not trying to bribe them?
posted by ethidda on Sep 26, 2012 - 39 answers

How should I address wedding invitations to significant others of my friends?

How should I address wedding invitations to significant others of friends? [more inside]
posted by mai on Sep 25, 2012 - 14 answers

How do I thank a recruiter who didn't end up placing me?

I have been using a professional recruiter. If I end up taking a position that I didn't find through them, what the best way to thank/compensate them for their effort? [more inside]
posted by i am a sock puppeteer on Sep 25, 2012 - 9 answers

Help Me Cope With a Noisy Eater

I have about three weeks to come up with a game plan on how I'm going to deal with a noisy coworker's return to our shared desk space. What would you do? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Sep 25, 2012 - 18 answers

Wow, I've finally found something that was easier to do with the twins when they were toddlers.

Help me navigate the etiquette of my twin boys' upcoming birthday party. [more inside]
posted by terrierhead on Sep 24, 2012 - 19 answers

Mailman Etiquette

I order many things online and get lots of packages. I really like my mailman. Is there something nice I can do for him? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Sep 20, 2012 - 13 answers

I eat fast, maybe too fast.

I eat very quickly. I enjoy my food well enough, but I seem to enjoy it at a rapid pace, which can be a bit awkward in company. Is there an easy mental realignment to eat slower? [more inside]
posted by jackbishop on Sep 19, 2012 - 23 answers

What does the couple who has everything register for?

We live in a tiny Manhattan apartment and have everything we need. What do we register for? [more inside]
posted by alicetiara on Sep 19, 2012 - 37 answers

Dear Ms. Wilson and Messrs. Smith, Willians, Jones, and Davis,

I need to address a formal letter to five recipients of different rank and gender at once. How? [more inside]
posted by Nameless on Sep 14, 2012 - 22 answers

I hear the espresso's really cheap in this joint

Paying for first dates: who should do it? [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn on Sep 13, 2012 - 86 answers

Southern U.S. use of "Miss [FirstName]" -- racial or class connotations?

Southern Naming Conventions: Is there a race or class component to the Southern U.S. use of "Miss [FirstName]" (when used by adults to refer to other adults)? Which groups use this, when, and what does it connote when employed between/among races or social classes? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Sep 11, 2012 - 50 answers

Wedding Filter: How do you seat divorced parents at a wedding?

Wedding Filter: How do you seat divorced parents at a wedding? [more inside]
posted by wcmf on Sep 10, 2012 - 31 answers

More notice vs. more stress?

How do I time submitting my resignation, in order to best give my employer(s) time to prepare, without adding too much additional stress to a big upcoming project? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Aug 29, 2012 - 2 answers

The ancient Chinese developed a pun-based system of message-coding...

A (white, American) friend's parents gave me a clock as a gift, which in China is really not done. This was clearly not malicious, so I'm not offended and my parents are getting over it, but I'm wondering whether there's any way to tell them not to give this particular gift to any other Chinese people they may know. The problem is that I don't know any way to broach the subject that wouldn't call attention to their faux pas, and it's entirely possible that they just don't know any other Chinese people, in which case I'd much rather avoid embarrassing them. Should I say anything, either to them or to my friend their son?
posted by anonymous on Aug 25, 2012 - 38 answers

Correcting without Lecturing

How do indicate your disapproval with a superior's action without lecturing? [more inside]
posted by Kurichina on Aug 21, 2012 - 10 answers

getting the real deal about colleges

As an international student (equivalent 'rising senior') in high school, how can I discern what a college or university is really like, past all the glossy paper? More questions, and details, within. [more inside]
posted by undue influence on Aug 20, 2012 - 14 answers

Help me network a little less awkwardly (what to do with my ham hands?)

I am in between jobs, just moved to a new market and have been advised my alma mater's career counselor to set up coffee dates with alums who are working at places that I am targeting. How can I go about doing this in a way that balances networking etiquette and making the most out of these meetings? [more inside]
posted by SpicyMustard on Aug 11, 2012 - 9 answers

Door holding etiquette - advanced level

Advanced door holding etiquette. I found this question and answer but it didn't address a variant that I'm always running into. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by natteringnabob on Aug 4, 2012 - 30 answers

Do I tip out at the end or with each drink?

When at a bar/pub, I default to tipping on each drink (cash is easy to remember this way, for me). When they hold a running tab, what is the appropriate etiquette when cashing out at the end of the night? [more inside]
posted by CrystalDave on Jul 30, 2012 - 12 answers

Is it rude not to prolong the small talk with my hair stylist?

Hair professionals of the world, would you find me rude if I took the opportunity to return to my reading once our intial, polite exhange of pleasantries is over?
posted by =^^= on Jul 27, 2012 - 10 answers

Help me craft a nicely worded invitation for a party!

I'm getting married - yay! I'm having a simply civil ceremony at the NYC wedding bureau and then plan to have a party a few days after. My dear me-fi'ers- What do you think is the best way to word an invite to a post-ceremony celebration? [more inside]
posted by carmenghia on Jul 26, 2012 - 12 answers

Keeping my chin up?

I’m going to be working with the (presumably unaware) friend of someone who sexually assaulted me in the past, and the perpetrator also has personal information on me that I’d rather not be made public. How should I interact with the friend personally and professionally? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 19, 2012 - 14 answers

Proper etiquette for an unsolicted merit raise

What is proper "thank you" etiquette when given an unsolicited raise based on merit? [more inside]
posted by Fezboy! on Jul 18, 2012 - 22 answers

What if Miss Manners had written a book on office relations?

I would like some recommendations for books on office etiquette, including things like dress, getting lunch with people, how introductions to superiors should be properly handled, dealing with my intern being sidetracked by someone else's request, etc. If it helps, I currently work in media, East Coast U.S. I work on the tech side, but I'm having to deal with this stuff a lot anyway, and it's all new to me coming out of mostly technical positions in the past.
posted by anonymous on Jul 16, 2012 - 5 answers

I Want my Clear Conscience Back

I owe a person money and want to pay her back. How should I go about it? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Jul 13, 2012 - 15 answers

Should I send another e-mail?

E-mail etiquette: I need to have an interview with my college's contact at my externship. The contact asked me to e-mail her in July. I e-mailed her 6 days ago but have not gotten a reply. How should I proceed? [more inside]
posted by OsoMeaty on Jul 11, 2012 - 9 answers

"Hi, great to see you, who are you?"

Which is best: asking an acquaintance "What's your name again?", hoping they don't notice you don't remember their name, or guessing their name and being wrong? [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Jul 10, 2012 - 35 answers

Asking for job advice for partner from future graduate advisor - etiquette?

I'm planning to ask for job advice on behalf of my partner, from my future graduate advisor, because my partner's interested in a job opening at my future graduate school. Totally acceptable / useful thing to do, or a horrible violation of academic etiquette? [more inside]
posted by pants on Jul 6, 2012 - 17 answers

have i been an unwitting dick for years?

I'm in the US. A few years ago, I was horrified to learn that almost everybody who stays in a hotel leaves a tip for the housekeeping staff on the pillow before they leave the hotel. I had no idea. Apologies if this has been covered on the green before, but my searches haven't produced anything yet. What are all of the service oriented positions that I am expected to tip? Are there others I might be missing? [more inside]
posted by pazazygeek on Jul 2, 2012 - 72 answers

Is it bad etiquette to invite all family members but one?

Wedding invite etiquette: Is it bad etiquette to invite all family members but one? [more inside]
posted by SndyLnd on Jun 30, 2012 - 17 answers

My employers need an electrician. I need advice on hiring one!

Hooray! I got my employers' approval to get some electrical work we've badly needed for a long time in our lab/office suite done. I have no word-of-mouth recommendations of local electricians to go on, so I'm checking around online and trying to get quotes. As such, I have a few questions on how to most effectively screen for quality, recognize a fair price for the work, and deal with the etiquette aspects of the quoting process. [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Jun 28, 2012 - 10 answers

Doorbell etiquette

You get home with two bags of groceries. Do you ring the doorbell so that your flatmate lets you in or do you drop your bags, fetch your keys and let yourself in? [more inside]
posted by Milau on Jun 23, 2012 - 60 answers

Laser Hair Removal Tipping Etiquette

I recently purchased a living social coupon for 3 sessions of laser hair removal but am unsure of tipping etiquette for the procedure? Is it customary to tip for laser hair removal – and if so, how much? [more inside]
posted by en el aire on Jun 19, 2012 - 8 answers

Modern mobile etiquette

Please explain to me as though I have lived under a rock: What are the modern norms among urban folk in the US regarding mobile telephones? SMS? Internet-capable phones and "apps"? When is it appropriate to take a call? To place a call? What do people do with their telephones that really pisses you off? When, if ever, has someone made your life easier by appropriate use of a telephone? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang on Jun 8, 2012 - 21 answers

Late night text? Next!

Is it rational that I'm turned off about receiving a first text at midnight by someone I have a 1st date coming up with? [more inside]
posted by oceanview on Jun 8, 2012 - 69 answers

I have a birthday twin!

Birthday etiquette question involving siblings, one of whom shares my birthday. [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on Jun 5, 2012 - 17 answers

Help me remain calm when talking to annoying flatmate!

Flatmate filter: I'm planning on having a calm discussion with one of my flatmates this weekend about some issues I know she has about the house, but that haven't been discussed in the open. I would like tips on remaining calm and collected in the moment. [more inside]
posted by mooza on Jun 3, 2012 - 16 answers

Generic full length clothing for a tall dude

I'm a 6'4 dude, medium build, long arms. I wear 38/36 pants and a medium tall shirt. I am a non affiliated humanist. I would like ankle to knee length clothing, loose fitting and of plain style. Complication: cultural overloads. [more inside]
posted by seanmpuckett on Jun 3, 2012 - 17 answers

Etiquette of accepting a job when you may need to leave soon

Ethics and etiquette of accepting a job when you know you might need to resign soon? [more inside]
posted by Kurichina on May 30, 2012 - 18 answers

How to email strangers who work in your academic area?

[Grad School Filter] “Hello more-established stranger who already did the academic research I wanted to do and my committee is making me email you…” Does anyone have any verbage that seems graceful and appropriate? [more inside]
posted by powerbumpkin on May 29, 2012 - 11 answers

My SO's cousin wants to be Facebook friends with me. How can I kindly say no?

One of my awesome boyfriend's distant relatives noticed that I'd liked a kind message she left for my SO on his wall, checked my page, saw that he and I were together and sent me a private message asking if we could be Facebook friends. As a general rule, I do not friend people I've not met in person. I've never been great at sugarcoating things; how can I politely and respectfully decline?
posted by oogenesis on May 25, 2012 - 30 answers

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