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Dirk Stoop

There's a good chance the difference in reactions is caused by the fact that at home you usually don't have a fridge full of fresh steaks that could all replace the dropped one. The restaurant however *is* expected to have just such a fridge and thus is capable to still serve the desired/expected meal when it ditches the dropped steak. Only the restaurant loses then, instead of the person who was hoping to eat it.

Besides disliking to eat food from someone else's floor, couldn't it be that the way we react in such a situation has evolved out of a sense for economics, in this case scarcity?

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