You've got a little something....No, not there. It's just to the right (pointing next to the corner of your lip)...no, the other side...
The act of telling someone they've got cheese on their chin can be an awkward moment. You can wipe your kid's cheek with a wet paper towel, but your boss will require a slightly more delicate touch. But where does your obligation end when it comes to telling somebody that have food on their face?
In this case, we'll consider food on the face to include (but not be limited to): cheese on the chin, mustard or mayo on the cheek, any kind of food in a mustache, and seeds or spinach in the teeth.
Now, you have a clear obligation to tell friends or anyone in your family if they meet any of the above conditions. And once you're on a second date, you should probably give a subtle wipe of the napkin on your own cheek or a softly worded suggestion to your dining companion. But what about the gentleman dining alone at the next table or someone you've just met?
Likewise, certain cuisine seems to invite you to dive in like a contestant at a pie contest. You're not going to get through a dog at Dog Nuvo without several napkins. And consistently reminding somebody that they've got aioli on the tip of their nose gets old for both of you.
I'd always want to know if I had a big old swatch of mustard on my face, even if I was embarrassed to hear it from a stranger. But I wouldn't feel comfortable telling the same thing to a random diner. Who are you willing to tell that they've missed their mouth?
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