When eating out do you have a habit of

@sudalunts (5527)
United States
September 7, 2008 5:26pm CST
wiping the silverware on the napkin before you use them? I have a problem with using public silverware in restaurants. I tend to think that they have not been sterilized well enough. Sometimes when you look at your silverware there may be food stuck on it from the previous customers. That really grosses me out. I remember I had to ask for clean silverware two times, each time it was brought to me it had food stuck on it. One would think that the silverware would be looked at before it is placed on the table. I really have a problem with silverware, and sometimes I will order something where I do not need silverware, I know it sounds crazy, but that is the way I am. Do you have a problem using public silverware?
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@neeens (62)
• United States
8 Sep 08
YES! I have the biggest problem with it.. it's also from the fact that I'm sort of germaphobic because I'm pretty OCD... People think it's so weird how I always do that. When we go to pho restaurants (vietnamese noodles) everyone will wipe their utensils before using it because it's pretty normal that they're not SUPER clean. But yeah, even in high class restaurants, I have the biggest issue with it.. Even if it's plastic, I wipe them down with a napkin (that I get from the middle instead of topi) just incase the plastic ones got touched by other people's dirty hands or something. But yeah, one time I went to one of my favorite Italian (really famous and nice) restaurant and they had a piece of salad stuck at the bottom of the plate. It was so disgusting. Another time I saw a piece of something in between the fork. I also always use paper napkins and straws... and I wipe down my plates before I eat off of it.. but I focus mostly on the utensils also. It was funny though, because this girl who was so deathly afraid of germs (on TV) brought her own utensils because she didn't trust the restaurant, but the restaurant's utensils were 100% free from bacteria and clean after they took some tests on it. I mean if they wash it with hot water and they wash it well instead of just rinsing, it's going to be clean.. I understand that, but I'm still like that.
@sudalunts (5527)
• United States
8 Sep 08
Neeens, thanks for responding. I knew I wasn't the only one out there that has such a peeve over restaurant utensils. I can't help it, I am just not comfortable with the utensils. Glasses, if I do not see any external or internal dirt on them I will ask for a straw. It is such a turn off when the place settings are not clean. I even bring my own sheets and pillow cases when I stay at a hotel. I guess I have a touch of OCD too
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
8 Sep 08
I normally do not wipe off my silverware unless I see water spots on it. I don't know why water spots on the dishes matter to me but they do. I know some people bring their own silverware to places because they do not want the germs.
@sudalunts (5527)
• United States
8 Sep 08
I have even thought of keeping those plastic wrapped forks and spoons you get from some fast food places in my purse in case I needed to use them.
@anneshirley (1517)
• Philippines
8 Sep 08
I always wipe my silverwares and my plates whenever I am dining out in a public this is to prevent myself from getting unwanted diseases. I don't have a 100% confidence on the cleanliness of the silverwares so I wipe them out, check if they are really clean before using them. It is normal to do this because we are just protecting ourselves.
@sudalunts (5527)
• United States
8 Sep 08
Thast is true, because many times, you will receive dishes with food still on them etc. I always inspect my utensils and glassware as well.
@eagle_f15 (2054)
• Malaysia
8 Sep 08
To be honest, yes I do feel a bit yuckish using public silverware like fork and spoon, chopstick and soup spoon. And yes I have had experience like you where they didn't wash the fork clean and there's rice stuck in between the fork. If the eatery place is self service place, then I will put the fork aside and choose another clean one. If its oily, I will take it to the basin and wash it myself. If the food is served by a waiter then I will call them back to get a change for a clean one. Yeah I know it sounds freakish but I have had thougths of taking my own silverware whenever I eat out. I haven't tried it yet. ehhehe!!! That the reason why my husband and I eat at home most of the time (I cook) or we buy take away and then eat at home.
@sudalunts (5527)
• United States
8 Sep 08
Yeah, I would prefer take out too. I just have a problem with the silverware, same as I do with hotel sheets, I usually bring my own sheets to the hotel. Call me crazy, but that is the way I am
@sodraja (58)
8 Sep 08
Yes , I have the same disgusting feeling when I see serving plates in the restaurants with remains of food stuck on them . Even I had to leave the restaurant couple of times without having lunch or dinner just because they didn't bother to change our serving plates (which were everything but clean) in spite of several requests . Since then I have become very particular when it comes to choosing a restaurant for eating out . Your plan not to use silverware anymore perhaps won't be possible unless you decide to live on hamburgers or sandwiches alone .
@sudalunts (5527)
• United States
8 Sep 08
Hamburgers and sandwiches, that was pretty funny. Hand washing the dishes would be better, but with so many that is not possible. I think they do not scrape the plates right away and the food sticks and the dish washer do not get it all off. Either way, it does not help the appetite have a great evening
7 Sep 08
With me it is glasses. I can't drink out of a cup if I even think I might have seen something in it, even if it was on the outside. I sometimes just ask for a 'take out' cup to avoid the problem.
@sudalunts (5527)
• United States
7 Sep 08
Yeah, if the glass looks okay, I will ask for a straw, I will never drink from the glass though. I can't enjoy my food if I think that the place setting is not up to par.
@chinniR (661)
• India
8 Sep 08
hi sudalunts. i have also faced such things. i generally take a look at the plates before they start to serve. sometimes i have seen that the plates wouldn't have been washed properly. i just ask for replacement. but still i would find it difficult to continue eating in the same restaurant. i never get satisfied once i find the fault in the place. happy mylotting. have a nice day!
@zebra2222 (5115)
• United States
8 Sep 08
I would not even use silverware with food stuck on them. I would talk to the manager or the owner. It simply is not sanitary.