Germans Say Nein to Kissing at Work
Keep your distance, says a German etiquette group
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 12, 2011 2:13 PM CDT
Shake, don't kiss, at least in the office, says a German etiquette group.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – It may be common in France, but a kiss on the cheek has no place in Germany, says the Knigge Society, a group that advises on social behavior and etiquette. It says it has received numerous complaints on the subject, and wants to remind Germans to stick with a handshake—and observe a "social distance zone" of 23 inches, reports the BBC. "We can't forbid [kissing in the workplace]," said the Knigge Society chairman. "But we have to protect people who don't want to be kissed."

The group, which has already given its recommendations on how to react to a runny nose in public, also suggests "that if people don't mind it, they announce it with a little paper message placed on their desk."

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Aug 12, 2011 8:54 PM CDT
Americans often kiss on the cheek in the workplace. The ass cheek that is.
Aug 12, 2011 3:40 PM CDT
Those crazy Europeans. Reminds me of one of the best SNL skits ever. An Italian restaurant with over-friendly waiters. Bellissima!
Aug 12, 2011 2:21 PM CDT
No unsolicited neckrubs either, Mr. former President.