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Should I complain?

A server at a restaurant yesterday was rude. Do I call and complain? [more inside]
posted by mchorn on May 11, 2011 - 49 answers

Am I being oversensitive about an unexpected dinner guest?

Is my friend being rude, or am I overreacting? And how do I get over it in time for dinner tonight? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 11, 2011 - 75 answers

Should we try to haggle at the Local Camera Store using Amazon's prices?

My husband is in the market for a new camera. There's one camera store in town that carries the cameras he's considering. The camera store is asking $100 more than Amazon. Should he tell the camera store what Amazon is charging? (I.e., try to haggle?) [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn on May 10, 2011 - 30 answers

How to turn down this introduction?

Went to a "networking" event, realized after I walked into the bar that they meant beer and business cards networking, but stayed a few minutes anyway and met someone who offered to introduce me to someone who worked someplace that might be hiring Ruby development interns. Help me talk my way out of this without offending anyone, and help me avoid this problem next time. [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang on May 5, 2011 - 16 answers

Agreed to review a book. It's awful. Now what?

I agreed to review a novel. I just received the review copy and read the first chapter, and it's absolutely awful. What does professional etiquette dictate here? [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt on Apr 24, 2011 - 25 answers

The Most Toast

Toast Filter: Some members of my family feel it necessary to touch everyone else's glass when toasting at the table - glass-to-glass contact between every dang glass at the table. It can be a bit inconvenient, especially when there more than a few people at the table. Anyone know toast etiquette / history? [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Apr 23, 2011 - 19 answers

I need to understand more about cultural differences in doing business with Japan

I need to understand the Japanese cultural importance of "saving face" with respect to business, and how I can make myself less frustrated with an ongoing business negotiation I'm involved in. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 20, 2011 - 10 answers

Polite Dispensation of Elderly Attentions?

How do I deal with my elderly gentleman stalker? Story inside. [more inside]
posted by thisness on Apr 3, 2011 - 32 answers

On my first day at a new job, help me deal gracefully with jetlag.

I'll be jetlagged for the first day (and week) at my new job. Help me deal with this gracefully in my new workplace. [more inside]
posted by paindemie on Mar 21, 2011 - 11 answers

Should I stay or should I go now?

We broke up. Who keeps the apartment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 17, 2011 - 26 answers

How do I fit into my peer group at work when I have some constraints?

Asking for a friend: How do I, an Indian, fit into my peer group without being an odd duck? [more inside]
posted by theobserver on Mar 15, 2011 - 29 answers

Graciously Backing Out of an Undergraduate Research Position

What is the most gracious way for me to back out of the undergraduate research I said I would take up for the upcoming fall semester, given that I've spent two semesters working in the lab already? I don't want the people I worked with to have a bad impression of me because of the fact that I demonstrated so much interest in and commitment to their field only to quit prematurely. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 15, 2011 - 12 answers

How to inform coworkers I am married

Workplace Etiquette Filter: How to inform coworkers I am married? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 15, 2011 - 30 answers

Need some Mrs. Manner's advice, stat.

Question about a wedding invitation situation with a coworker/ college friend... [more inside]
posted by CharlieSue on Mar 6, 2011 - 18 answers

How do you respond when the interviewer misses your phone interview?

I had a phone interview for an entry level position at a small tech startup, but the interviewer is about forty minutes late with no signs of appearing. How do I respond? Possibly relevant: When I confirmed the interview, I forgot to "Reply All" and didn't CC it to two people. Because of this, my interviewer might have missed my confirmation or something.
posted by grammar corrections on Mar 5, 2011 - 11 answers

Bike storage negotiation

What's the most polite and likely-to-be-successful way to ask my new neighbors if I can continue to store my bike on the landing outside their apartment? [more inside]
posted by mlle valentine on Mar 1, 2011 - 19 answers

Is there an etiquette for reclining in the air?

Is there an etiquette for reclining in the air? [more inside]
posted by lpsguy on Feb 28, 2011 - 85 answers

I want to out on dates, not sit at home and write emails

Online dating question for the women of Metafilter : if a guy asks you out in the first email, do you automatically assume that he's a player, a creep, or otherwise undesirable? What if you email him first, and he asks you out in his first reply? [more inside]
posted by Sloop John B on Feb 25, 2011 - 48 answers

Is there a "Miss Manners" attachment to this thing?

Plate o' wedding beans: We're starting to receive early wedding gifts, both from people attending and not attending the ceremony in 3.5 weeks. Should we open them? Acknowledge their receipt? Send proper thank-you notes? Help me, Emily-Post-i-fites. [more inside]
posted by supercres on Feb 22, 2011 - 19 answers

Bloody dilemma

How can I (should I) talk to my roommate about leaving the toilet seat bloody during her period? [more inside]
posted by pluot on Feb 19, 2011 - 34 answers

Dear Slutty Abby

What's the general opinion on "morning after" etiquette? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 8, 2011 - 57 answers

How can I politely rebut "Everything happens for a reason"?

People always say, “Things happen for a reason,” or, “It was meant to be,” or, “God has a plan.” But I don’t believe any of those things, and I don’t know how to respond politely when people say them. [more inside]
posted by tatiana wishbone on Feb 8, 2011 - 89 answers

Dude, you're totally harshing my network connection.

I feel like a dick asking this, but is there any way to tell if my neighbors are throttling our shared internet connection with downloads? And if they are, is there any way to partition the connection so my connection's not affected? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Feb 3, 2011 - 24 answers

Maybe I should say no thanks in song?

Unwanted gift etiquette - What do I do with this thing now? [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics on Jan 30, 2011 - 22 answers

Will Beethoven roll over in his grave at the sight of jeans?

Going to see an NSO performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC tonight. Does it matter what I wear? [more inside]
posted by the foreground on Jan 29, 2011 - 13 answers

Why do restaurants expect people to reuse their dirty utensils?

At many restaurants, after the starter course is finished, the waiter will remove my dirty knife and fork from the plate, and leave them for me to use with my main course. I dislike this, and usually will ask for a clean knife and fork for the next course. My question is: what is the thinking behind this? The added cost I would think is trivial, and it just seems really weird to expect people to eat a new course with food from the last course on the utensils. Is there some financial aspect to putting more utensils through the dishwasher that I'm missing?
posted by kevinsp8 on Jan 28, 2011 - 46 answers

Slightly late or slightly early?

When you're meeting up with people, should you err on the side of "slightly early" or on the side of "slightly late"? [more inside]
posted by forza on Jan 24, 2011 - 75 answers

How to Hold Open a Door

What is the proper way to hold a door for someone you are walking with? [more inside]
posted by jefficator on Jan 19, 2011 - 25 answers

What are the best follow-up techniques to use when you lose a creative pitch or proposal?

What are the best follow-up techniques to use when you lose a creative pitch or proposal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 12, 2011 - 1 answer

Would you mind taking your shoes off?

If I asked you to take your shoes off when you came into our (North American) home, would you be put off? What kind of foot covering can I offer you to make it less annoying? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Jan 4, 2011 - 222 answers

I didn't realize your girlfriend was okay with us dating, too.

Why do people go on "dates" to "get to know" other people, but not mention that they already have a significant other? [more inside]
posted by patronuscharms on Dec 28, 2010 - 32 answers

The love of money is the root of all evil.

My father-in-law may have pocketed part of a gift intended for my husband and his brother. But then again, maybe not! How can I navigate this situation with maximum tact and minimal drama? And more concretely, how does one write a thank-you note that gracefully specifies the exact amount of the gift? [more inside]
posted by yersinia on Dec 28, 2010 - 42 answers

when you hear yourself chew, is that noise as loud as it is inside your skull ?

when you hear yourself chew, is that noise as loud as it is inside your skull ? [more inside]
posted by daveg02 on Dec 28, 2010 - 17 answers

Too late to tip?

Tipping: Someone sends a big pizza delivery ($100+) to a vendor for a holiday party, but forgets to add a tip when paying over the phone. The people receiving the pizza don't give a tip. The person who ordered the pizza eventually realizes that they forgot, but not until a couple of days later. Anything to do about it, or just let it go?
posted by epersonae on Dec 23, 2010 - 22 answers

Please help me to tell people I will not always be available to them

Please help me to politely tell people that I am not available 24/7 by phone. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Dec 22, 2010 - 62 answers

Whether to contact an acquaintance re: kids and cancer.

A childhood friend posted some pictures of her children today on Facebook in which it appears that her older child has a common symptom of a type of cancer. Should I contact her about it, or should I stay out of it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 17, 2010 - 24 answers

Heading to Thailand - Business etiquette or customs and things to do

I am going to be traveling to Thailand to on business for an a while and need advice on business etiquette and also fun things to do and the best places to see. I know there are guidebooks and yet I really enjoy off the beaten track scenes and local color. Should I be worried about safety as an American? This seems silly but bear with me, I just found out today and am trying to digest this....
posted by sfts2 on Dec 17, 2010 - 5 answers

Coworker changes story, should I call bullshit?

Should I call out a discrepancy in a coworker's story? The discrepancy appears designed to gain priority on our queue of work. [more inside]
posted by jacobjacobs on Dec 12, 2010 - 18 answers

Running into former colleagues after a layoff

Awkward public run-ins with coworkers who survived the company layoffs when you didn't - I need strategies for getting through the situation as gracefully as possible. [more inside]
posted by green_flash on Nov 28, 2010 - 14 answers

Knitting Group Relationship Filter

Help me figure out how to convey to the new head of my knitting group that I am really too busy until January to help with events. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin on Nov 21, 2010 - 17 answers

Burning bridges in tacky, ignorant ways... bravo

An acquaintance asked for my help in getting his application noticed within my small-ish local branch of the company. He's been burning his bridges with me in how he's handling things - do I say something to him? [more inside]
posted by lizbunny on Nov 18, 2010 - 21 answers

how does half a dinner sound?

Wedding gift etiquette question: Should I give a gift certificate to a couple for one person's meal at a restaurant that I know the couple really wants to go to (Komi), or a gift certificate for a meal for two somewhere else, but a place that is not quite as good (Palena)? (DC-specific!) [more inside]
posted by min on Nov 12, 2010 - 26 answers

Multi-office job-hunting etiquette

I have an interview at one location of a small firm, but want to find out if there are openings at their other locations. How can I tactfully do this? [more inside]
posted by yukonho on Nov 11, 2010 - 5 answers

I want to give my prof a gift, is it okay?

Etiquette filter: I'd like to give my Creative Writing professor a gift to celebrate her new baby (due in Dec). Her and her husband are also the advisors for the Creative Writing side of the English Department, of which I'm a grad student. Am I crossing any ethical boundaries? [more inside]
posted by patheral on Nov 10, 2010 - 13 answers

Play the field or play the odds?

Multiple brand new jobs opening at my company. Was planning to apply for all of them, as they're fairly the same. However, was just told there's a particular job coming open, and supervisors want to sponsor me as the applicant of choice. Apply for one job, or apply for all? Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by Ys on Nov 4, 2010 - 9 answers

Excessive Distribution List Use

Email Distribution Lists: we set up a bunch of distribution lists at work and guess what? They started off real useful, and now they've spiraled out of control and their effectiveness has been eclipsed by users receiving excessive amounts of email traffic. How do we get out of this? Shut them down? Police them? Re-train? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind on Nov 1, 2010 - 4 answers

Hey! That's My Creative Title!

Internet-etiquette-filter: So I have an anonymous blog that has been around for 3 years now with a very distinctive name. I just got a Google alert on the name that someone has started a new blog on Blogger (where I have the name already since I used to host with Blogger) with the exact name of my blog. Do I be a bitch about this and tell her to find a new name or do I just chill and let us peacefully coexist? [more inside]
posted by Leezie on Oct 27, 2010 - 14 answers

Check please?

I went out with a girl twice and she just sent me a Facebook message telling me that she's seeing someone else now and that she wants to take me out to dinner to pay me back for the previous dates. [more inside]
posted by Groovytimes on Oct 26, 2010 - 51 answers

What to give a mentor as a thank-you gift?

Is it appropriate to give a thank you gift to a mentor, and what can I give someone who doesn't drink, doesn't eat junk food, and doesn't like flowers? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Oct 25, 2010 - 27 answers

Advice on visiting a Catholic Church

Dear MeFi Catholics... help...? (possibly UK specific) [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon on Oct 19, 2010 - 21 answers

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