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(Slate)   "My in-laws have disgusting, deplorable, atrocious hygiene and habits at the dinner table and I'm worried it will infect others. How can I demand manners from them?"   (slate.com) divider line
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349 clicks; posted to Discussion » on 08 Jun 2021 at 5:18 AM (7 days ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2021-06-08 3:58:40 AM  
Pop a little botulinin in your next meal and then yell "I told you so", when they all get gravely ill.
 
2021-06-08 5:45:03 AM  
Smack 'em each over the head over the head with a roll of paper towels and say "never seen these farking things before ya farkin' philistines?"
 
2021-06-08 5:45:16 AM  
The answer to any question beginning "How can I" is always "YOU CAN'T."
 
2021-06-08 5:48:36 AM  

IHadMeAVision: Smack 'em each over the head over the head with a roll of paper towels and say "never seen these farking things before ya farkin' philistines?"


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2021-06-08 5:50:12 AM  
Something funny about all those "gross" behaviors: people who do them have a much better immune system than your average person who swabs the deck with clorox wipes before every meal

Wonder what they would do if they realize that there are a lot of people who have an insulated thermos type of container they use for their water cup at home that gets washed once a year
 
2021-06-08 6:14:09 AM  
Crate them during a meal.
 
2021-06-08 6:34:53 AM  

lifeslammer: Something funny about all those "gross" behaviors: people who do them have a much better immune system than your average person who swabs the deck with clorox wipes before every meal

Wonder what they would do if they realize that there are a lot of people who have an insulated thermos type of container they use for their water cup at home that gets washed once a year


Yes, and no.  What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, until it kills you. A young adult might be exposed to fifty different versions of the common cold/flu, and they will catch fifty different versions of the cold, and be sick for fifty weeks over the course of their young life.  That doesn't make them immune from the 51st version of the common cold or flu however.

Then there are the less common flus and food poisoning.  A single bout of the wrong flu or food poisoning can have life long negative effects on your health.  Before Covid 19, there was Rheumatic fever.  A good friend of mine caught it back in the 60s as a child, and has since had two heart valve replacement surgeries. bet he wishes Clorox wipes were around in the 60s.

Then, there's the young children's immune system isn't developed yet problem, and the old people who's immune system starts failing.  So, the youngest and oldest take the brunt of this "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" behavior.  Then there's the whole, don't get sick myself, but still act as a carrier problem, with all the problems that entails.

I don't mean to pick on you specifically, but too many people throw around this platitude, that's kind of true, and also kind of really harmful in a lot of situations.  It's all too often someone's famous last words, as they die of a simple flu that they would have fought off with their "excellent immune system" just ten years earlier.
 
2021-06-08 7:05:44 AM  

lifeslammer: Something funny about all those "gross" behaviors: people who do them have a much better immune system than your average person who swabs the deck with clorox wipes before every meal

Wonder what they would do if they realize that there are a lot of people who have an insulated thermos type of container they use for their water cup at home that gets washed once a year


There's still the ick factor at play, which is more than just psychological.  We developed the sense of disgust for an evolutionary reason.

You swallow your saliva all day long without thinking about it.  But if I asked a bunch of you to spit in a cup and then drink it, 90% of people would reply with a visceral "nope".
 
2021-06-08 7:25:36 AM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: The answer to any question beginning "How can I" is always "YOU CAN'T."


The one exception to that is your own offspring & even that time frame is somewhat limited.
 
2021-06-08 8:15:26 AM  
Eh, just tell your husband to go without you. "So sorry, dearest mother-in-law! Who would guess that I would get a conveniently timed head cold again?"
 
2021-06-08 8:36:58 AM  
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2021-06-08 11:03:09 AM  
1) Monkey Wash, Donkey Rinse.  Honey, Don't You Want To Go?: Stop inviting them over.  While it would be nice if they were considerate of your immune issues, this aren't habits I expect them to actually change even if you blew up at them (and maybe you did and didn't mention it).   Keep your space clean and to yourself.  If they complain, tell them to FRO.

2) Vacation! Meant To Be Spent Alone: Rent the car and GTFO.

3) Life Is Demanding Without Understanding: The reality is you can be to close to something to see the full picture.  That can be particularly true with people who don't want you to see.  I would suggest professional therapy for this one.

4) I Feel It Breaking Out Like An Echo: I have no idea why we're repeating a letter from May 27. But OK, new writer.  Anyway, cut your social media back to exclusively work and tell them you are doing this and it's now just for professional purposes.  This may upset them, but who cares?  I mean they really need to be told to STFU and FRO.

2a) Vacation II: The problem here is the car.  I suspect if the original LW was comfortable taking off in the car on their own, they would.

5) It's One Thing, Baby.  I Never Make My Move Too Soon (Classic): I would strongly advise letting the body get cold.  Also, this will end in pain and you should STFU and MYOB instead.
 
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Ker_Thwap: Before Covid 19, there was Rheumatic fever.  A good friend of mine caught it back in the 60s as a child, and has since had two heart valve replacement surgeries. bet he wishes Clorox wipes were around in the 60s.


What are Clorox wipes going to do against strep? What he needed was antibiotics.

I had a casual friend who got Rheumatic fever in the late 80's. A Rock'n'Roll illness was making its' way through the metro area. Most of us caught it. None of us had health insurance at that time. My friend and a handful of other people we knew went to the grand opening of some New Age shop to get free healing crystals. They got better. Later, however, my friend collapsed. He still didn't want to spend money on a doctor. His girlfriend called his parents. They came into town and hustled him off to a doctor. He had had strep throat which had morphed into Rheumatic fever leaving him with permanent heart damage while he was only about 22 years old.
 
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