My friend, who posts here, asked me to start this topic as he feels my behavior in restaurants is excessive. However, I feel that I'm not doing anything that far outside the norm.
I keep a set of dinnerware in the trunk of my car - plates, silverware, glassware, and disposable napkins - for use at every restaurant I visit. I just don't feel comfortable using the pieces they provide, which have been used by hundreds of patrons before me.
After the meal, I ask that they wash the dishes - again, not out of line; they'd have to wash them anyway had I used the plates and silverware provided by the restaurant. Besides, this hardly takes fifteen minutes.
So, what do you think? Of course, I feel like I'm doing no harm; the customer is ALWAYS right, and if they're taking my money I get to do whatever I want while inside their restaurant.