At a post-funeral reception recently I witnessed an apalling display of bad manners.
The reception was held at a mansion in one of the ritzier neighborhoods of our fair city. The guest list consisted of lots of our city's rich and famous. There was a beautiful dinner buffet laid out on the dining room table and a lovely dessert display placed on an adjacent buffet. The centerpiece of the dessert buffet was one of those edible arrangements of cut fruit on long skewers, arranged like a flower display. There were plates, forks and dessert spoons on the buffet.
Enter the 20-something scion of one of the wealthiest families in the country. This young man, having already been through the dinner line more than once, approached the desserts. He removed skewers of the fruit and, rather than put them on a dessert plate and return to his table, proceeded to eat them standing at the buffet...thus blocking other guests who were trying to get to the goodies. When he finished eating the fruit he dropped the skewers on the floor!!!!!!!!!!!
So, not only did he show no respect for the home of his hosts (the grieving family) he also created a safety hazard for anyone who might have stepped on the round, wooden rod and lost their balance.
I've seen a lot of bad behavior from this one and his sibs over the years, and don't expect much from any of them, but I still had a hard time believing my eyes on this one.