comscore It's OK to politely refuse free liqueur | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Travel

It’s OK to politely refuse free liqueur

[ AD HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THIS STORY ]

Question: I’ve been in a few hotels and restaurants where they greet you or end your meal with a small complimentary glass of the local specialty liqueur (e.g., limoncello, strawberry wine). This was fine back in the day, but now I don’t drink for medical reasons. What should I do? Is it better to accept it but not drink it or to refuse? The last time I went to Italy, this happened all the time, and we’re going again this summer, so I want to know how to handle it.

Answer: I would refuse, which is better than wasting the hotel’s or restaurant’s liqueur or having them think you took a tiny sip and hated it. Make sure you say, "I’m sorry, but no thank you" (in Italian, of course). And have an appropriately sorrowful expression. They’ll understand.

Q: I always fly Southwest Air into St. Louis. I always go online for my boarding pass exactly 24 hours in advance so I can be in an early-boarding group. When I board and spot an empty seat, I ask the person sitting next to it if I may have it. Invariably, the person is saving a seat for someone boarding in a much later group. This irritates me greatly. Could the Southwest announcers at the gate address this before all passengers board? I’m sure this is a frequent issue.

A: Well, I can’t speak for Southwest, but in my opinion, if you’re going to have a unique boarding procedure like Southwest does, you ought to enforce it. That means no seat-saving. It’s not fair. An announcement before boarding or a reminder from the flight attendant as soon as passengers step onto the plane certainly couldn’t hurt.

Email travel etiquette questions to Lesley Carlin at deartripadvisor@tripadvisor.com.

Comments have been disabled for this story...

Click here to see our full coverage of the coronavirus outbreak. Submit your coronavirus news tip.

Be the first to know
Get web push notifications from Star-Advertiser when the next breaking story happens — it's FREE! You just need a supported web browser.
Subscribe for this feature

Scroll Up