Lunch anyone?

by Jayna Spornitz
(Kansas Ctiy, MO)

Dear Miss Practical Manners,

I have encountered this problem with more than one friend over the years, and find it to be increasingly annoying. So often, a friend will extend an invitation to go out for lunch, and then after I agree to go, they say, "Oh, good! Where shall we go?"

Am I wrong, or shouldn't they, being the ones that have extended the invitation, have a place all ready in mind? Not only that, but when I respond with an idea, it is often met with disapproval! How should this be handled?

Thank you.

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by: Ms P Etiquette

Hi Jayna,

In most cases, people are asking for company rather than really have a location in mind. The fact that your suggested eatery is met with disapproval is testament to that. It is polite to ask other's opinion as to where to eat when asking others to lunch. It is all part of the process to debate where to go to lunch. I wouldn't let it bother you.

Enjoy lunch and be happy that people think that highly of you that they want to spend the time.

Ms. Practical Etiquette

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