Pistachio Etiquette


Yesterday afternoon, I was walking through the halls at work and came upon three co-workers sitting in one of the common areas.

One of them – a friend named Errol – was picking through this container of nuts.

“What are you doing?” I asked.

“Trying to find some pistachos,” he explained.

“So are those communal nuts?”

“They were – or at least, I thought so, ” he said. “But someone ate most of them and then put the empty shells back into the container.”

“I don’t see what the problem is, ” said Al, Errol’s co-worker, who sat to his right.

“But why would someone do that? You eat the nuts, you throw the shells away, ” I said. “That’s just not right.”

“I know,” said Errol. “And now you have to hunt for them, but you might just end up with empty shells.”

I think they were all kidding around. But seriously, folks. Isn’t that a bit lazy and uncouth not to just throw the empty shells away? Who wants to work to eat some nuts?

Discuss among yourselves what the proper etiquette is (and comment if you like) …

But as someone who considers herself a lazy non-forager who doesn’t like going far distances for food …

Eat the nuts, then toss the shells.

I’m just sayin’.