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Why do people put napkins on their laps when eating?

Asked by Ame_Evil (3046points) February 6th, 2010

This is just a question concerning the mannerism of putting a napkin on your lap whilst at a fancy restaurant or whatnot as I do not understand this. I originally thought it would be to stop food falling there, but do people really fail this much at eating in order to warrant this? I can count with one hand the amount of times that I have dropped food on my lap in my lifetime.

And also surely if this is the case, wouldn’t it be more beneficial to tuck it in your shirt to avoid food falling on your lovely white shirt?

Giant meh. Sorry if I offended anyone D-:

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