Mouth Closed

Boy Chewing with mouth openAlways keep your mouth closed, other than talking most people find that keeping your mouth closed is a virtue as well as good manners. Two of the largest annoyances in a theater are people who chew with their mouths open and coughing without covering their mouths.

You would think that in this day and age people would know how to eat or chew but the people who can’t seem to keep theirs mouths closed do not even realize how disruptive and gross this can be. Take notice of your own habits, because of the chewing motion and sound the jaw makes it is very easy not to realize your mouth is open. Your mouth will act as a hollow amplifier and everyone within a few feet can hear it, the repetitive sounds ¬†chewing can make is about as bad as nails on a chalk board to most. So keep your mouth closed no one wants to hear your chompers mashing gum or the crunching of your popcorn for the next 2 hours of a movie.

Coughing without covering your mouth is equally as gross, even more so because your saliva is shooting through the air up into 70 mph. Realize that there are other people around you and be thoughtful enough to cover your mouth while coughing or sneezing. As a general tip if you do not have a handkerchief or tissue handy use the inside of your shirt this way at least you are spraying yourself and not others around you. If you are sick with a cold or flu, you shouldn’t be at a movie, period! Going to a movie while sick is just plain selfish and by infecting other people with your illness is moronic.

As a good patron being defiled by the open chewer or saliva infecting people the best thing you can do is be polite and ask them to close their mouth while chewing or to ask NICELY to please cover their mouths while coughing.

Keeping your mouth closed and being courteous is infectious and more and more people will start doing it if it is known.