American etiquette: naked man eating cherry tomatoes with frozen sausage in pants wows shoppers
TO Washington State, where a man is sat in his wheelchair in an aisle of the Capitol Hill QFC store. He is eating cherry tomatoes.
It is 6:20am.
Cherry tomatoes are strewn about the floor, “which is where the man’s pants were also located“.
The man is effectively wearing the dropped tomatoes as his underwear, without which he would be naked.
Nonetheless, police search him. They locate a still-frozen Jimmy Dean sausage sandwich.
He is arrested for suspected burglary.
Perhaps the man was enacting his own rules on dining etiquette. In Domestic Manners Of The Americans, by Fanny Trollope, we get a view of American standards:
I have before mentioned the want of decorum at the Cincinnati theatre, but certainly that of the capital at least rivalled it in the freedom of action and attitude; a freedom which seems to disdain the restraints of civilized manners. One man in the pit was seized with a violent fit of vomiting, which appeared not in the least to annoy or surprise his neighbours; and the happy coincidence of a physician being at that moment personated on the stage, was hailed by many of the audience as an excellent joke, of which the actor took advantage, and elicited shouts of applause by saying, “I expect my services are wanted elsewhere.”
The man in the chair should have stood have taken a bow. The police might have applauded.