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by Abigail Van Buren

Leftovers Are Casualties in Battle Over Doggie Bags

DEAR ABBY: We took my wealthy daughter, husband and their four children to dinner at a very nice restaurant. We insisted on paying. In fact, we even restricted what we ordered so they could each have an expensive dish that they only picked at.

When it was over and it was obvious that they weren't taking home any leftovers, I started to motion to our waitress to ask for take-home boxes so my wife and I could take all of their uneaten food. My wife shot me the "don't you dare!" look, so all of it wound up in a dumpster. Needless to say, it became an issue. Was I wrong to want to take home their uneaten meals? -- PEEVED IN PENNSYLVANIA

DEAR PEEVED: Not as far as I'm concerned. Because your daughter and her family didn't like what they ordered -- and you were footing the bill -- there was no breach of etiquette in asking for a box for the leftovers.

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