Do you abide by the "10 second" rule?

@Pleiades (846)
United States
February 11, 2009 11:25pm CST
You've dropped some food on the floor...do you A) Pick it up and throw it away? B) Pick it up and brush it off and eat it because it was only on the ground for several seconds? *Pleiades
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@Jae2619 (1484)
• United States
12 Feb 09
Uhm, really depends on what it is and how much I have left, . If I have plenty, then I'll just throw it away, but if that's my last of something, I'm gonna pick it up, blow it off and eat it anyways.. Greedy I guess. My kids do the same thing at home, but at other places no, they won't do it. My daughter, who's 18 months, is really bad at it. She will drop it and boom pop it right back in her mouth...
@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
13 Feb 09
I would always pick it up. My house is always clean so I dont worry, even if the floor was dirty I think I would still eat whatever fell, just to see what happened.
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@loveyevi (513)
• United States
12 Feb 09
I would never pick up food from the ground and eat it. Even at my house I would not do that, luckily I have a personal automatic vaccum cleaner, his name is Sparky and he's a dog, lol. If I drop anything I will just call for my dog and he clean it up for me, works when I spill something too. Im pretty sure I read an article that debunked the "10 second" rule, and said the second it touches the ground it is contaminated by all sorts of bacteria. So I wouldn't want to risk it. Unless you know that the floor is super clean and disinfected.
@SomeCowgirl (32264)
• United States
12 Feb 09
Yes, I do use the ten second rule. I usually blow on the item and then eat it as most of the time it is picked up so quickly that there is no matter. Sometimes though I will not eat it and throw it away, this depends on whether or not the food has been near or touched any of the animals foods or if the dogs or cat has grabbed it and I got it back from them as the item was not something they should eat.
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@nilanym (184)
• Philippines
12 Feb 09
I abide by the 5 seconds rule. Heehehe. For me I still pick up the food quickly and then still eat it as long as it has been dropped on a clean floor of course. But I don't give food to my children that has been dropped. It's ok for the adults to eat dropped food rather than children eating it. Our stomach as an adult is not so vulnerable unlike children.
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• United States
12 Feb 09
It sort of depends what it is, how much is left, and where the floor is. If it's at home on a clean floor, yeah I'd definitely pick it up and eat it, unless it's something liquidy. I just don't think that's gross if it's just been dropped. It's not like my floors are full of disease. I never get sick anyway. If it's outside the house, I definitely wouldn't eat it no matter what it is. Just the idea is a little gross. Unless the food had wrapping outside it, that might be okay.
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@srganesh (6348)
• India
12 Feb 09
If it happens within my house and the stuff is a hard thing,then I will brush it off and take it in my mouth.Because I know the cleanliness of my house.And if it is in a restaurant,I would just leave it off,whatever may be the thing and how much costly it would be.Cheers!
@lilybug (21147)
• United States
12 Feb 09
It depends on what it is and what the floor looks like I guess. If it is OUTSIDE on the ground it always goes in the trash no matter what it is. I remember a discussion similar to this one several months ago. I was the first person to admit to it. Most claimed they would just throw it away, but a few fessed up after someone else admitted it.
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@vicky30 (4775)
• India
12 Feb 09
If it a food i eat everyday and i am bored of it.Then i pick it up and throw it away.If it is one of my favorite foods then i brush it and eat it.Outside my home if i drop things down i leave it as it is but i get angry that i dropped such a tasty food.Next time i am careful when eating out.
• United States
12 Feb 09
I throw whatever the food I've dropped on the ground away. I think its dirty no matter how clean anyone claims it to be. Yes, it could be clean but in my mind, its dirty once its touched something other than utensils and containers. I have this "thing" with food where I won't eat it if I think its dirty. I don't even like people poking at my food or touching it with their hands. I just have a pet peeve with food.
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