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by Abigail Van Buren

Restaurant Patrons Admonished to Mind Their Manners

DEAR ABBY: I know food is often described as "finger-lickin' good," but I'm appalled at the number of people who literally do this at restaurants. Didn't they ever learn to use a napkin? What's next -- licking each other's fingers? Can you comment? -- MANNERLY OUT WEST

DEAR MANNERLY: I will ignore the temptation to give a naughty answer and offer a nugget of advice. Now that you know not everyone has table manners that measure up to your own -- or even most folks' -- do less people-watching in restaurants or eat at home.

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