Friday, 15 January 2016

Cheap date


Well my dinner date with the beautiful 25 year-old was a bit of an event.

I arrived before her and sat quite close to a couple of nasty looking slobs who looked as though they were celebrating recent release from prison. They were on their 6th bottle of Champagne by the time my date arrived, and were quite loud, showing no signs of having eaten any food.

She sat down next to me and pretty soon she said that they were constantly staring at her. I said that if they kept it up I would have a word, and when I looked round at them, one of them made some sort of comment, so I started shouting at them to leave us alone. I went right in at the deep end, no messing about.

A little later, one of them made - quite loudly, but I didn't hear it - some sort of overtly sexual comment about me and my mixed-race friend, so this time I stood up, went to their table and created such a fuss that the whole restaurant came to a standstill. Yes, I was really shouting this time.

A waiter came over and I asked him to keep them under control before I lost mine, and he offered to re-seat us elsewhere. I refused to move - why should WE have had to move away from them - so he got them to move to the far-side of the restaurant, out of sight. They were remarkably compliant, like sheep with a shepherd.

The fat one (I had already caught his attention earlier by shouting, "Oi - Fatso!") came over a little later and I expected another scene, but he wanted to apologise for ruining our evening and shake my hand (why is it they always want to shake hands?) to which I reluctantly agreed.

Then the manager came over and apologised for the distress, adding that the entire meal, with an extra bottle of wine, was on the house.

Result.

13 comments:

  1. So, just another ordinary day. I've lead a very sheltered life. 10/10 for bravery.

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    1. I take it you weren't aiming for coffee and desserts at her place.

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    2. See comment to Jennifer below.

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  2. Haha ..... it's amazing what can be done if you stand up for yourself ...... + a free meal and a bottle of vino. Mind you, would you have prefered to have paid and you and your beautiful 25 year old not have had to go through the distress ? ..... a bittersweet result. XXXX

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    1. 2 bottles of vino. She was supposed to be paying (returning the compliment) so she was more than happy with the outcome.

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  3. Well done. I would have liked to see the event though..perhaps to get some pointers on how to deal with irritating people like that.....were you not the tiniest bit anxious though? these days answering back can unleash all kinds of horror...

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    1. I've never been anxious about confrontation, especially not in restaurants. If it was a dark night in a lonely alley, I might have responded differently.

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    2. My last confrontation was exactly that. Once I'd calmed the situation (between a man and his girlfriend), someone opened an upstairs window and threatened to call the police on me; not realising that it had been me who'd saved the girl from a vicious attack. You can't win 'em all.

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  4. That would have ruined my day and dinner were I there to witness that. Sorry, but take deep breaths and handle it with finesse and quietly use your vocabulary on the schmucks. I am sure, with your quick wit, you could have downed them with a few, well chosen words.

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    1. Well I probably ruined everyone's dinner then. Good!

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  5. Way to go, Tom! I'm sure your date was impressed with your bravery.

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    1. Her current boyfriend is 40, 6' 5", 18 stone, very violent and not fat. She takes more impressing than I can supply.

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