Is it OK to eat a meal after reporting a hair?

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I heard a funny story from a friend who took another friend, “Alice,” out for dinner at a nice but casual French restaurant.

Alice found a hair in her roasted chicken dish. Having alerted the waitress, she was offered a profuse apology, assured the meal would not be put on the bill and was asked how long she would be willing to wait for a new dish. Alice thanked the waitress and said that no new dish was required.

When the waitress had retreated, Alice turned to my friend and said, “Is it OK to eat it or not?” She did eat it, and she loved it.

Now I am curious to find out what the correct response would have been. Can you help me?

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