Is it okay to "Burp" in a restaurant??

@Glow1971 (354)
Spain
May 15, 2009 7:16pm CST
I find it hard to believe that there are actually people out there who think it's okay to burp in a restaurant. I think it's rude. A couple of wks ago I went out to dinner with my girlfriend to Friendly's. Dinner was great, however, it didn't end so well. There were 2 people sitting next to us. They placed their orders and continued on with their conversation. My friend and I continued our conversation as well and I would have to say within 5 minutes of receiving their meal, one of them "inadvertantly" burped so loud, I was shocked! I couldn't believe it! I'm wondering if he did it on purpose. I think the whole restaurant heard it! I honestly believe he should have gone to the bathroom and take care of it. To make matters worse, he didn't even say "excuse me". Have you ever encountered the same or something similar to this?
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• Australia
16 May 09
I have encountered this in fast food restaraunts, but thankfully, not while dining somewhere special. I get very annoyed at diners using napkins as handkerchiefs, this is enough to make a man ill.
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@Glow1971 (354)
• Spain
16 May 09
LOL Thanks for your post
• Philippines
16 May 09
What he did was really rude. Burping would be okay if you at least cover your mouth when doing so. Its hard to control your self when you want to burp. If your with your close friends I guess its okay but dont let everyone here it. It would be really annoying.
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@Glow1971 (354)
• Spain
16 May 09
I guess he forgot he was in a public place. Thanks for your post.
@playapal (894)
• United States
16 May 09
I can't say that I have but I find it very rude and vulgar. Even if it was inadvertent the fact that he didn't say excuse me and have the grace to look embarrassed is awful. I understand that we all have bodily functions but as adults we are supposed to control them.
@Glow1971 (354)
• Spain
16 May 09
Can you imagine what he does in private? My Goodness! lol. Thanks for your post.
@cj5guy (93)
• United States
16 May 09
I have had the unpleasant experience of that happening to me. (I was the one burping) I don't belch often, but sometimes they just come out. I usually feel it a second or so before it comes out so I can muffle it and it's not noticeable, but I still say "excuse me", or "pardon me". Once, it was unexpected and luckily the restaurant wasn't crowded, it wasn't forced, and it wasn't too loud, but it does happen sometimes. If he had said "excuse me", I could understand it may have been an accident, but as loud as you describe and without an apology of any sort makes me think it was on purpose or he just has no manners.
@Glow1971 (354)
• Spain
16 May 09
Yes i understand that it can happen but he didn't even say excuse me. It also makes me think it was intentional. I'll never forget his face though..lol..so if I see him again, I'll make sure not to sit next to him.
@hramdatt (137)
• United States
16 May 09
first thing manners, which is bad to burp in public without an excuse. sometimes we have to accept it if the individual is suffering from too much acid if the stomach. i am suffering from a sickness like that and if i dont burp hard then i start to short for breath. but most importantly try not to burp loud in public for manner purposes.
@Glow1971 (354)
• Spain
16 May 09
I'm sorry you are suffering from this. He really didn't seem embarassed after it happened. I think everyone else was embarassed for him including myself. Thanks for your post.
@prinzcy (5057)
• Malaysia
16 May 09
It is rude to do that. I've never encountered such things. I will forgive him if that's an accident and he just said "excuse me" as an apology. We're human, we make mistakes. Sometimes things happen. But being ignorant is plain rude. There's a possibility he didn't know what to do too.
@Glow1971 (354)
• Spain
16 May 09
Yes we're human and we do make mistakes but he didn't say excuse me. That's what bothers me the most. Thanks for your post.
@yonkie (440)
• Philippines
17 May 09
Burping so loud in a public place is really rude. It is unethical for people to burp in public places especially in dining places. It is a big no in table manners and etiquette. However, if there are really times that you cannot avoid it, please cover your mouth so that it will only you who can hear it. Most importantly, say sorry for what had happen. I am sure in that way, other people will understand your situation.
• India
17 May 09
i agree. i actually find it pretty tough to eat if someone nearby just burped. i had this classmate who would go round burping as loud as he could just because he knew it disgusted everyone. needless to say, he wasn't very popular with the girls. :D
@apples99 (6564)
• United States
16 May 09
LOL I think its a little rude to burp in a public place or restaurant, especially without saying excuse me, I think if you have to burp and if you cant hold it in the least a person can do is say excuse me, hahaha.