В Британии на каждые три проданные в магазине вилки приходится только один проданный нож. Специалисты считают это симптомом катастрофического падения культуры еды.
British diners turn away from knives
High street retailer Debenhams has announced that the sale of knives is in sharp decline in the UK due to the popularity of single-handed eating.
The department store chain will now campaign for a return to «traditional etiquette» during meals after discovering that forks are outselling knives «by far» in its 155 stores across the country.
Residents of London have been named as the worst diners, with three forks being sold for every knife in the capital. Meanwhile, Birmingham, Belfast and Doncaster have bucked the national trend, as sales are almost equal in the cities.
Debenhams spokesman Ed Watson commented: «The trend towards fast food is the biggest culprit for abandoning traditional etiquette. Burgers seldom require the use of a knife, and ready meals are presented using pre-cut, bit-sized portions which slip easily on to a fork.»
Watson added that the company is planning to hold instore demonstrations around the country, which he hopes will encourage customers to learn the rules of dining.
He insisted: «Using both a knife and a fork to eat has held this country in good stead for centuries — it’s one of the mainstays of being British. It’s all about maintaining standards, so we want to act now before the single fork habit becomes ingrained in the next generation.»
Backing the campaign, etiquette expert Jo Bryant told the Daily Mail: «We do eat more fast food, more rice and pasta dishes, where knives are not needed. But people are often trying to use their fork as a knife when they shouldn’t. That’s when table manners decline. Good table manners should be second nature — or should at least appear to be.»