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Fork Dropped Pick Up or Leave?

Dear Dr. Dave and Dr. Dee,

I saw your advice on dropped napkins. Is it the same for dropped forks? If I can simply reach down, is it okay to just pick it up?


To pick or not to pick

Dear pick or not to pick,

In a very formal restaurant, let the waiter pick it up for you. If it has fallen under the table and the waiter doesn't see it, let him know that you need another utensil. Otherwise, if it's within arm's reach, go ahead and pick it up and place it on the table away from your place settings. Let your waiter know that the utensil had fallen on the floor and that you need a clean one.