VIDEO: Puppets Can Teach Us So Much About Restaurant Manners

03/19/2014 at 11:37 AM ET

Puppets Teach Restaurant Manners and Etiquette

Have you ever texted someone while you’re having dinner in a restaurant? Or asked for a “better” table than where you’ve been seated? How ordering a dish and asking for a bunch of substitutions?

If you answered yes to any (or all!) of those questions, this story is for you. In a fun new video from the web show Glove and Boots, two furry monsters, Fafa and Mario, debate what’s acceptable and what’s not when going out to eat.

Mario’s the bad boy, throwing T-bones at chefs and cheating waiters out of tips. The patient Fafa explains how and why his pal needs to change his rude ways, like if a host seats you at a table, don’t hightail it to a different spot on the other side of the room. And, in an open-seating situation, never park yourself in a chair already occupied!

While many of the scenarios are silly — would anyone really sit on a stranger’s lap or start grabbing food from a neighboring diner’s plate? — the video spells out some basic truths, such as don’t overstay your welcome in a busy restaurant and wear a shirt when the delivery guy hands over your takeout.

But the best tip of all — and most grossly graphic — was this: Don’t be a demanding diner who yells at the servers or asks for multiple food substitutions; ultimately, the staff can exact revenge on you by adding a little extra something to your meal.

And we don’t mean a sprig of parsley.

Watch the video and tell us: What rude restaurant behavior drives you crazy?

—Nancy Mattia

FILED UNDER: Food , Restaurants

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Love Glove and Boots. Their web show is extremely entertaining!

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