Modern Etiquette: Party crashing won't help your business

Mon Jun 28, 2010 6:02am EDT
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(Mary Mitchell has written several books on the subject of etiquette, including "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Etiquette" and "Class Acts." She is also the founder of executive training consultancy The Mitchell Organization with the website The opinions expressed are her own.)

By Mary Mitchell

SEATTLE (Reuters Life!) -I am far too polite to mention names yet I ask you: what is wrong with this picture?

Two party-crashers finagle their way into a State dinner at the White House. They shake the President's hand and get hugged by the Vice President, with worldwide photo documentation of this outrageous social travesty.

The White House social secretary responsible for the event loses her job. One of the crashers ends up starring in a television series.

Am I crazy, or have we devolved into a society that rewards rudeness, arrogance, and hubris?

Let's stop this madness before it becomes contagious.

Reflect if you will, on the nature of a business dinner.

Every business/social event has an agenda which is established by the host.   Continued...