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first_imgLifestyleRelationships 7 Bad Manners for a First Date. by: – July 8, 2011 by Rich Santos, Marie ClaireWhen I broke up with my last girlfriend I received a rather venomous email chastising me for all my personality flaws. Needless to say this was a mighty long email. One sentence I’ll never forget had to do with her opinion about my manners. When we were dating, this girlfriend used to think it was cute that I wrapped my whole hand around my fork (kinda like a cave man).But now, in the wake of our breakup, she was holding it against me:“You are an ignorant (learn how to use utensils) b—— .”And just the other day, my friend Margaret quipped that I could use some help from Emily Post. I couldn’t argue, considering I didn’t know who Emily Post was until I Googled her. Apparently she’s an expert on etiquette, so she’d have a field day with me.Honestly, I try very hard on first dates to mind my manners, but I guess the “real me” appears after I’ve dated a girl for a while. We can all agree that bad manners can be dealbreakers on first dates. Here are a few examples of ones that plague me:Utensil ConfusionWhen I go to fancy restaurants I’m confronted with a confusing array of forks and glasses. My only hope is to watch how other people use their utensils. I believe you’re supposed to start from the outside and work in. I’m also guilty of grabbing the wrong water and wine glass at round tables.Eating MannersApparently, I eat bread like a Cro-Magnon man. A friend noticed me eating pieces of bread when we were out to dinner without breaking it into smaller pieces first. She pointed out my faux-pas but all I thought was, who wants to waste time doing that?Another friend tells me (keep in mind only women give me a hard time about my manners) that I put my face too close to the bowl when I’m eating soup. Soup is my favorite food, so why wouldn’t I want to stick my face in it?Talking With My Mouth FullTalking with your full creates all sorts of problems. Not only is it a visibly bad habit, but you might spit food on your date, and it makes you speak in an incomprehensible language.The Eternal Bathroom VisitFirst dates are already awkward, so no one wants to be left alone to focus on his/her nerves. Sometimes you can’t help it, but leaving your date alone at the table for long periods of time is rude.Using the PhoneTalking to your friends on your phone, even if it’s via text, makes you look disconnected and bored with your date.Rude Ordering BehaviorFirst you have the classic: ordering for your date. Then, you have a number of obnoxious behaviors such as mistreating servers or trying to be cool by sending wine back even though you’re not sure why you did it. A friend of mine told me that ordering wine by the glass instead of by the bottle is a dealbreaker as well. I would have never thought that.Risky Food OrdersWhen you’re going out with someone for the first time, don’t get too risky with your restaurant choice. A friend of mine told me a date took her to a sushi spot (kind of risky already). In addition to ordering for her, he ordered something she described as “hairy spider legs sticking out of a roll”. When in doubt, stick to safer stuff.What kinds of bad manners are dealbreakers for you on first dates? Do you agree with my list? Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img 66 Views   no discussions Share Sharelast_img read more


first_img UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Share EPIC and Whysup ‘continue to make real change’ with partnership renewal August 19, 2020 ‘Pent-up demand’ for live sports drives gambling pick-up in June August 17, 2020 The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has revealed that the Triplebet licence was suspended ‘as part of a package of sanctions for social responsibility and money laundering failings’.Trading as Matchbook, the UKGC suspended the operator’s licence on 17 February, following an investigation by the regulator, which uncovered ‘serious failings’ relating to anti-money laundering protocols.The UKGC found that Triplebet failed to monitor business relationships and due diligence checks into members of gambling syndicates.Gambling Commission chief executive Neil McArthur said: “We have repeatedly made it clear that operators must put player protection at the forefront of their activities and ensure that they have effective anti-money laundering processes in place.“We will not hesitate to use our regulatory powers, including the suspension and revocation of licences, if we need to do that to protect consumers and the public from gambling related harm.“Any operator that doubted that we were ready and willing to use the full range of our regulatory powers should think again. All operators need to learn the lessons from this case and our other enforcement cases.’’A number of ‘serious failings’ in social responsibility procedures were also identified in the investigation. In one case, the UKGC stated that a player was able to gamble a large sum of money over the course of two days without any interaction whatsoever.Another registered user, who played and then self-excluded on the same day, was subsequently able to reopen his account six months later, before playing for 10 hours a day on consecutive days and losing a large sum before self-excluding again, without any monitoring or interaction taking place.Furthermore, the UKGC states that “one of Triplebet’s main customers” was a syndicate, whose lead contributor was a professional gambler, who also held a beneficial interest in Triplebet itself.Over an 18-month period from November 2016, the syndicate matched bets on the exchange totalling in excess of $55m, without any documented risk assessment.A statement on the Matchbook website still reads: “Today the United Kingdom Gambling Commission has taken the decision to temporarily suspend the operating licence of Triplebet Limited (t/a Matchbook). As a result, from 23:59 on 17 February 2020 we will be briefly closed for all betting and casino activity in the United Kingdom.”Adding “Matchbook has been in regular contact with the United Kingdom Gambling Commission and has agreed a path forward where it will deliver on a number of conditions. We will be back soon and we are committed to providing a betting exchange which adheres to very high standards.”In addition to the suspension, which will remain in place until Triplebet can prove it has implemented the remedial measures required by the Commission, the operator will pay a £740,000 fine.Since January the Commission has suspended the operating licences of Stakers Limited, Addison Global Limited and International Multi-Media Entertainments Limited. Share Submit Related Articleslast_img read more

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