Re: Do you fold your Sensei's hakama?
OK...in a more productive vein:
This thread has taken a predictable and pointless direction, i.e., that of trying to establish which local custom represents the Path of Correct Behavior. I think, though, that the real intent behind the original question was probably less to figure out what the PoCB is, and more to figure out what's the right thing to do. I think that in this as in so many other things, "the right thing to do" is a matter of local custom. When you understand that, are aware that things are done differently in different places, and develop a sensitivity for local customs, you can travel with ease. If you don't get that, you'll just go through the world believing that everybody else is Just Plain Wrong -- a belief that some people find comforting, but you sure don't learn much that way.