It's more the fact that they tend to ask me if that isn't more difficult, and I'm like, no, isn't this how you eat at a sit-down restaurant? Then they talk about how it must be a weird European thing.
I guess I just kinda figured it was because they had difficulty with the utensils and would rather avoid using them. Especially since it happens so much with foods that I would only consider finger foods if you get them at home or at a street vendor. Where I'm from, if you tried to eat a burger with your hands in a restaurant, you'd be considered kind of rude, and certainly a hick. At a McDonald's, yeah, sure, go for it. But at a restaurant? No, that's just weird.
I mean, it's easier, cleaner, and, at least with my upbringing, more polite. I can't really see why one wouldn't do it, unless they felt uncomfortable with a knife and fork, which my husband does, and I can totally understand if that's the case. Otherwise, it seems a tad uncouth.
EDIT: I guess I'm just so used to all my instances of culture shock being "Oh, that's just the way it is here" that I figured that'd be a good thing to assume by default.
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