Public Grazing: What are the guidelines on eating while shopping or at work?

Q: What are the rules for eating in public? My older friend said she was taught not to eat or drink while shopping.  I have gone walking down the hall at work while eating a banana and I am now wondering if this is improper?


A: Yes, it is not appropriate to eat or drink while shopping.With the exception of a very casual office environment, employees should only eat in designated areas and/or at their desks if company policy permits.

One Comment

  1. Lily

    I find this to be particularly grey and would recommend that one may eat/drink in those cases where not doing so might endanger your health. If you were to faint or feel very ill due to hunger or lack of sugar etc, etiquette wouldn’t be of much use. Obviously, it does help trying to pre-empt such situations.

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