Let's say your out having lunch. Forget the fact that it's way past lunch time (2:30) since your client appointment ran late. Ignore the fact that you're dining alone (loser!). Now, while your reading…I don't know…maybe the newspaper. You have placed your ever-so-delicate paper napkin in your lap, praying that you will eventually see a member of the waitstaff in hopes that you can order. You reach for one of your complimentary tortilla chips and instead dunk your ring finger in the salsa. (Did I mention you're eating at a tex-mex place? No? Well, you are. Sorry – details!)
What's the proper protocol? Lick the salsa off your finger and face potential scorn and humiliation, or, wipe your hand with the fiber thin napkin thus rendering it useless with nary a hope of finding a replacement?