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Crunching Ice, Really? A Manners Reminder

Updated on October 30, 2011

I would like to know what happened to the importance of manners in our society. Just basic manners. Being polite and having consideration for others. Where have these qualities gone? Some of the things I witness on a day-to-day basis just make me grind my teeth.

How many times have you been in a meeting and have had to put up with someone crunching their ice after their soda has been drunk? At the risk of being blunt, if your soda has been consumed then throw out the cup, straw, lid, etc. Ice is included to keep your beverage cold not as some kind of “second part” of your drinking experience. And, it is flat out rude to make other people hear you crunching away while they are trying to either pay attention to the meeting or daydream. This is also true for those around a dinner table, in the theater, at work in a cubicle farm, or pretty much anywhere else you are around other people. If you want to crunch your ice when you are alone, have at it. It’s bad for your teeth but there is no one else around to inconvenience or annoy.

I’ll admit that I am too polite (chicken) to speak up while it’s happening. I’d love to blurt out, “Chewing ice, really?”. But, I simply sit in my seat, try to ignore it, meanwhile my teeth are grinding together so hard I have a headache and have missed anything of any importance going on around me.

Aside from the fact that it annoys me to no end, it also annoys other people I have felt comfortable enough to talk to about this subject. This hub experience is new to me, however, I have noticed that people have mature discussions on this website; and don’t engage in the infantile barbs spewed on some other blogs. For those that chew on ice, I would honestly like to know why you think the rest of us want, need or should have to put up with the cacophony surrounding your drinking habits.


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      Gena 3 years ago

      I sit at a cubicle at work. The girl in the cubicle next to mine crunches a large cup of ice EVERY day. I want to scream! I can't stand it, but don't know how to say something about it! I think it is the rudest, most vulgar habit ever! GGGAAAAH

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      Connie 4 years ago

      I have a friend that often wants to spend the night. If I wanted someone around every evening I would consider getting married. The worst part of the nightmare is her chomping ice. I've even tried to hide the ice. So I sit listening to hours of ice chomping. How rude. I must agree.....if you want to chomp ice, do it at home. It is just plain rude. I've brought the subject up in every way, short of saying, stop chomping your ice. I even tried that last night. Now she's all mad. Better her than me. Chomp away in your own home.

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      Jenafran 6 years ago from Tampa Bay Florida

      Thanks suziecat7. I appreciate the comment!

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Great Hub! I'm an ice chewer myself but only when I'm alone. Rated up and I'm a fan!

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      frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America

      Jenafran, sorry for your dismay at the sound...I agree! But I also chew ice - a little - but not around others unless, like my daughter, we chew it together! Fun, cute and interesting hub/opinion expression.

      And...welcome to HubPages!

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      I never viewed munching on ice as rude, but I don't do it cuz it hurts ma teef

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      Hubertsvoice 6 years ago

      Glad to be of service

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      Jenafran 6 years ago from Tampa Bay Florida

      Hubertsvoice....yeah, I'm not accused of being subtle very often :) Thanks for the comment, I got to start my day with a nice chuckle!

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      Hubertsvoice 6 years ago

      Come on Jenafran. What do you really think? Up and very funny. I can't crunch my ice. I have no teeth that are real and I refuse to break the ones I bought. Thank you.

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      timgri 6 years ago

      Maybe have your meeting facilitator address it in the "admin" portion at the beginning of the meeting along with things like, "so-n-so has a hard stop at 10; our agenda for this morning is...; no ice chewing."

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      Brian Burton 6 years ago

      Love the first line!

      "I would like to know what happened to the importance of manners in our society."

      Seems like too little value is put on manners these days.

      And nice you mentioned that it's bad for your teeth. Learned this at the dentist when the hygienist said she recently had a root canal because her tooth chipped from chewing ice. Ouch!

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      gryphin423 6 years ago from Florida

      I completely agree Jenafran! Good hub and I hope the offenders take note!