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Q: The other day whilst eating at the employee canteen...

...we had just picked up our trays and our chopsticks to go through the line, when one of the chefs ran over to me and my 2 bandmates and started shouting. (in sichuan hua...so not understanding a bit of that) And he ripped the chopsticks out of our hands and crammed disposable chopsticks in our hands to replace them. (much to our fright, dismay, and other emotions as well) We tried to tell him in mandarin that we don't want the disposable ones, we want the regular chopsticks everyone else uses... but he flatly refused..loudly... and embarrassed the living hell out of us in front of the ENTIRE canteen. Herein lies the question:

Did he do this because (a)he was afraid that we would get sick from using the community chopsticks? or (b) He thought the Chinese would get sick if they had to eat after us dirty, dirty foreigners? or (c) insert reason here.

(The chopsticks are cleaned after each use by the hotel, btw. We complained about this embarrassing behavior and now no one bothers us and we can use whatever utensils we wish...)

12 years 36 weeks ago in  Culture - China

 
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The disposable wooden ones are easier to use.

The plastic ones are more slippery.

He had your best interests at heart

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I totally agree with you Martin1947!!

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They were wooden chopstics, not the plastic ones.. but maybe you have a point.

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go figure, there is even a national law to ban the use of disposable ones.

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