DEAR MISS MANNERS: What do you think about asking a stranger on the street if they could please take a photo of you, and then handing them your phone? Is that still appropriate in the age of a global pandemic?
I would hate to place a stranger in the awkward position of saying no, but I could definitely understand if someone felt uneasy about handling a personal item such as a cellphone.
GENTLE READER: People who do this are very trusting -- not only that strangers will stop to help them, which Miss Manners hopes is true, but also that they will get their telephones back, which is less certain.
It makes her think that there may be a use, after all, for the selfie stick.
She has always thought that countries suffering from pre-pandemic over-tourism could easily have solved that problem by banning selfie sticks: Others' eyes would be safer from pokes, and tourists would be able to see the sights instead of themselves.