Good manners in the long lunch lines at Gino's Burgers & Chicken

Civil Dining

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August 25, 2011|By Richard Gorelick | The Baltimore Sun

Dan Rodricks went to the new Gino's Burgers & Chicken. There, he discovered good manners, people waiting in line patiently calmly.

He mentions the "chat-and-cut" phenomenon that Larry David introduced on a recent "Curb Your Enthusiasm." Apparently, David, the Linnaeus of rudeness, has been having fun with restaurant behavior this season. I've read as much on dining websites, and friends tell me about it. I am alergic to "Curb Your Enthusiasm." I know you're supposed to not like the characters, but I hate, hate, hate them so much that I get zero entetaintment from watching them.  naming-of-rude-phenomena thing feels super stale.

Anyway, line behavior is interesting to me. Why do people stare at the clerks at the bank? Why does the person behind me think it's his turn when it's so obviously my turn? Why does the person behind me have to put a soda down on the counter right in front of me instead of just holding the soda?

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