There are two types of people in the world: Those who think it’s perfectly acceptable— bordering on romantic even—to help themselves to whatever’s on their date’s dinner plate. And there are those who’d consider such behaviour grounds for dumping/divorce.
Stands to reason then, that a happy relationship is one in which both parties are on the same page (or plate) when it comes to food swapping.
A recent phone-in to ITV’s daytime show This Morning revealed the chaos that can ensue when a picker shacks up with a non-sharer.
“Is my partner being unreasonable?” viewer Alan wanted to know. “She always eats my food off my plate and drinks what I’m drinking and I’m starving!”
Agony aunt Vanessa Feltz was quick to ‘dish out’ her thoughts on the matter.
“This is a very important issue. I’m so glad this has come up. Because some people feel that if you’re in a relationship you’re just entitled, you’re entitled to just wade in and have a taste of... grab the ice cream cone and lick it... finish off the cocktail,” she said.
“Just because you’re together. You know, obviously you tickle tongues occasionally so therefore their food is your food, you know mi casa su casa, my hamburger’s your hamburger. No! It’s not! Just no! You don’t own me. You don’t own my food!
“You don’t just grab somebody else’s and start eating it. This can cause absolute disharmony.”
The “accidental fork slip” was put forward as a solution by presenter Phillip Schofield, whereby you “catch the back of her hand” with your prong, in the hope of dissuading her from attempting another snatch off your plate.