Comments: The Friday Question

Ask delightedly: "Are these all for me? Thank you."
Then eat one, say how delicious it was and wonder whether anyone else would like to try one. If no one did, ask if it would be ok to take the rest home to share with the family.

I'm guessing the polite thing would be to accept the plate with thanks and eat the lot.

But if politeness is all about showing regard for others (is it?) wouldn't the first response pass muster?

Posted by MOTB on 11 January, 2019 at 10:42 AM

Thank them for the thought but I am on a fruit day and ask if they have any citrus fruits or apples. I'd ask for a second cup of the excellent tea.

Posted by delcatto on 11 January, 2019 at 8:04 PM

I believe I may accept graciously and be sure to sample each, though not more of one than another - assuming the ladies brought the home-baked goods I wouldn't want to pick a favorite.

Happy Belated Blogday, BW!

Posted by Scoakat on 11 January, 2019 at 8:21 PM

Ah yes, I'm well known for people asking me what is the polite thing to do, I'm an hexpert in such things. I can be absolutely relied upon. Listen to what I say and do the opposite.

But to answer anyway, I'd eat the fruitcake and leave it at that, let 'em think what they like.

Posted by Ham on 12 January, 2019 at 7:58 AM

Surely no one would expect four cakes to be eaten, I think I'd take it that I was being given a choice rather than a meal. I'd say, how lovely, may I take *this* one? If there were obvious consternation at my not scoffing the lot, I'd go along with MOTB and ask to take them home.

My politeness would be in drinking the tea, as I normally have it without milk.

Posted by Z on 12 January, 2019 at 2:35 PM

"Why so few cakes?" is what I'd ask.....and I don't have a clue what the polite thing would be.

Actually I don't eat cakes as our local Nice Ladies know, today they gave me a very nice toasted Haloumi sandwich (made with my own sour-dough bread) instead. I don't have a picture though. Sorry.

Posted by NiC on 12 January, 2019 at 5:52 PM

Scoff the lot and ask for seconds.

Posted by Debster on 12 January, 2019 at 7:05 PM

Also who spilt the tea?

Posted by Debster on 12 January, 2019 at 7:06 PM

You are first and closest to what I think the person in question should have done, were I that person, if this hypothetical situation were to have happened to someone I erm knew.


Posted by Mr BW on 12 January, 2019 at 8:07 PM

Yeah, I'm with MOTB on this one.

(My original response/thought would've been "Bloody hell" or somesuch, but MOTB's is nicer :-) )

Posted by Lyle on 13 January, 2019 at 10:21 AM