Saturday, March 08, 2003

He violated the booth etiquette

I was at a restaurant called Berry's Drive-In yesterday in downtown Spanish Fork. That place, by the way, is great! You can get anything from a steak dinner, to halibut, to grilled-cheese, to a cup of soup. They make everything! You know how on TV and in the movies they always have a cool local diner that they hang out at? I've always wanted a place like that. Like in Seinfeld, for example, they always go to that cafe and hang out. Wendy's and McDonalds will never be as personable. So Berry's is my place to go (it's on 100 S and Main St)

On the far wall of the diner, along the windows, there's a row of booths. Not the ones with high-backs or anything, just your standard, open booths. Anyway, I go to lunch by myself since I work in Spanish Fork and don't really have friends out this way. So I get a sandwich and a drink and sit down at the end booth facing down the row. No one else was sitting along the wall in any other booth at this point, just me on the very end.

Then this other guy comes into the diner and orders. He looks around the restaurant for a seat and starts heading over towards the wall I was sitting on. He walks over and sits down in the very next booth from me, facing me!!! Of all the places he could sit, he sits like 8 feet away facing me! So now whenever he or I would look up at all, you look at the other person and it's really weird. What he did was wrong according the seating rules for booths in restaurants. He violated the booth etiquette!

I mean, if you're going to sit in the same row of booths and you are both sitting alone, you have to at least sit two booths down and it would be better to face the same direction so you aren't looking towards each other. And even if, for some odd reason, he really wanted to sit in the very next booth, he should have at least sat on the other side so we weren't staring into each other's eyes. What he did was almost as bad as peeing in the urinal right next to another guy.

From this whole experience, I was just amazed at how this wasn't even a factor to him. I thought that the booth etiquette was something that was engrained in all of us, as inalienable as our sense of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I guess I was wrong.

1 comment:

Mike Bartlett said...

Amen! If you should have to take "Ethics and Values" at UVSC, they should also require some sort of "Everyday Etiquette(booth emphasis)" course.