A Recession Etiquette Lesson With: Peggy Post

Kurt Ackerman

Peggy Post

You might think the current economic crisis would put etiquette expert Peggy Post out of work. Who cares about niceties when millions of people are losing their job? But the recession has given rise to an epidemic of foot-in-mouth disease, with incidents ranging from the awkward to the deeply wounding. For example, how do you ask a co-worker if she survived the layoffs, or turn down a relative's request for a loan? "Being respectful and considerate is always important, especially in these trying times," says Post, the great-granddaughter-in-law of etiquette guru Emily Post. (Watch Peggy Post answer your etiquette...

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