Bad Manners at Benefits

January 30, 2002, 12:00 AM EST

As the social season begins, so do the complaints about benefits, and Bob Morris' New York Times Sunday Styles column delivers a few. From Marian McEvoy, the editor in chief of House Beautiful: “There are just too many black-tie dinners. And why do they have to start when it's still light outside?”

But more space is given to outrage over guests' bad manners. Morris writes: “Guests leave without even apologizing before coffee is poured...They switch place cards around before sitting down, and don't bother to introduce themselves to their table partners.” Publicist and event planner Harriet Weintraub (of Harriet Weintraub Public Relations) suggests, “Maybe to keep them from changing where we've placed them, we should have security guards at each table before dinner.”

Posted 01.30.02

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