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Is it rude to eat in class?

Asked by SuperMouse (30785points) October 7th, 2008

In one of my classes today I noticed at least five people eating. Now I don’t mean eating a candy bar or an apple, one guy had a frozen meal he had heated up, another had a slice of pizza, one lady even had a three course lunch. Does this seem rude to you?

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judochop's avatar

no. I used to eat in my college classes all the time. Just clean up after yourself and don’t do it everyday. Time is of the essence in college.

greeeengloves's avatar

Naw. I eat all the time in class. But I do think it’s good to ask if the professor minds first.

greeeengloves's avatar

@trumi His face is so sad when mr hand takes his pizza.

trumi's avatar

I have a friend with his EXACT personality. But I guess we all do :D

Mtl_zack's avatar

as long as the smell doesnt distract the class. also, unwrap the package beforehand so the crinkly noise of the tinfoil disturbs anyone. and dispose of the trash after class, not during. another hint, give some of your dessert to the prof.

marinelife's avatar

I think an eating student is a distracted student. If I was teaching I would feel free to say no eating in class.

AstroChuck's avatar

Dammit, trumi! I was going to bring up Jeff Spiccoli just learning about Cuba and having some food.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

It depends on the teacher. Most European professors I’ve had have made a strong point of saying they do not approve. My friend’s Italian professor said he would rather see his students having sex on their desks than eating…

MrItty's avatar

As a college faculty member, I have no problem with people eating in class. What I have a problem with is people being noisy in class. So if you can eat your TV dinner or pizza quietly, by all means, chow down. No problems here.

MrItty's avatar

Marina, yes, he/she probably is distracted. But so what. It’s the student’s choice to pay attention or not. If the student doesn’t want to listen to what I have to say, I don’t so much care. They’re paying $40,000 / year to be there. If they don’t want to listen, oh well.

Now, if the person munching down all through my lecture then comes to office hours because they didn’t understand the homework, well I’m obviously not going to have a whole lot of sympathy.

deaddolly's avatar

NO, unless the professor doesn’t like it. I would never eat anything that smelled (frozen dinner), but non-smelly food – yes!

In high school, my daughter had no lunch breaks. She had to eat in class.

XrayGirl's avatar

when I was teaching, I did not want people eating during class..it was too distracting to me and others. I also think it is disrespectful to the teacher. And what if someone has something that smells horrible to you? not cool.

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