Social dilemma – Is it okay for a friend to eat off your plate at dinner?

ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – Today’s 98.3 TRY social dilemma came from MaryAnn and it’s all about eating out with friends. Here is the mail :

Hi Jaime. Something happened to me the other day when I went out to dinner with some friends and I had to write you about it. The group of people I’ve dated are co-workers, which means we’re not really close friends. We work together and enjoy each other’s company, but generally we don’t hang out outside the office. It was someone’s birthday, which is why we went out. Anyway, while we were all eating and talking, one of my “colleague friends” reached out and grabbed some fries from my plate. She didn’t ask, she just took it. It took me by surprise. I don’t know her very well and I would NEVER do that. It wasn’t like I was done eating either, we were all in the middle of our meals. She did it a few more times before the meal was over. I wasn’t happy about it. I like to share, but not without someone asking me and especially not like that, with someone putting their fingers in my food. I didn’t say anything, but now I feel like I should have. Should I say something now? What would you have done in this situation? I hope you can help me. Thanks a lot!


Personally, I probably would have cracked a joke saying something like “hey, stop stealing my fries”, or “just ask if you want some”. But it’s me. Let’s help MaryAnn and let me know what you think about the TRY the Facebook page.