A tiny thing happened before Christmas that has been intermittently bugging me ever since. I’m hoping my pals here will give me some impartial feedback.
So here’s the thing: I went out to dinner with a large group of aquaintances. The degree of relationship between the diners varied from family members to close friends to very casual acquaintances. The restaurant was what is commonly known as a “supper club” in these parts…steaks, chicken, seafood, not fancy, but not Burger King either. As is customary, once we were all seated, the waitress placed baskets of bread on the table.
I was seated about at about the middle of a long table, and in the midst of genial chatter, I heard a bit of a kerfluffle from the end of the table to my right. One of my dining companions, let’s call her Clueless, had taken the basket of table bread and proceeded to finger every last piece in it…”I want a warm one,” she said as people gave her the WTF?! look. Now, I am not a germaphobe or particularly rigid about table manners, and I didn’t want any bread in the first place, but I was sorely tempted to get up, take the bread and dump it all on her plate….I ordered another drink instead. Her complete lack of comprehension that this was rude still irks me..a month later. The problem is, I can’t gauge how much of my irritation is coming from the action itself versus my general attitude toward Clueless, the bread fondler. I told you it was idiotic….any thoughts?