Over-friendly waitress sat down at the table with us to chat?

Maybe you look approachable. She was probably tired and her back was aching so she needed a couple of minutes off her feet. I've had this happen several times in diners. It was fine with me. In a high end restaurant, it would be unacceptable.

I would have left it out of the report, figuring it was a sanity break for her.

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Yes, that's kinda what I thought, too. I agree -- OK in a diner or casual place, not OK in highend place (unless it's the owner/manager/chef). We were there for well over an hour, and she did NOT sit with anyone else. So maybe you're right -- we looked approachable.

While the tattooed guys in leather didn't.....

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@SoCalMama wrote:

@BusyBeeBuzzBuzzBuzz wrote:

On one shop, an employee who did not serve me sat down at my table without asking for permission, played with some of my food, and started eating some of that food. I called him out on it and never shopped that location again.

People be crazy!

Please elaborate. This does sound crazy.

This was a crowded, fast casual restaurant during lunch rush. Employees were allowed to take their meal breaks in the dining room. I had various food and drink items on my table. An employee who was apparently on his break decided to sit down at my table without asking for permission. I decided not to say anything because I was willing to share my table. I was actively eating my entree but not yet eating a side item I had that was on the table. The employee started to touch the bag that contained my side item. I thought that was odd and rude but still did not say anything to him (mostly because I was on a shop and also because I wondered whether he was on the spectrum). He finally crossed the line when he reached into the bag to eat my side item. I was annoyed enough to ask what he was doing. He said he thought someone else had left that side item on the table. I told him I paid for that side item and asked him not to touch it again. He sheepishly agreed.
You're more tolerating than me @BusyBeeBuzzBuzzBuzz, I would have confronted the individual right away. While I would have no problem sharing my table, It is polite and expected to ask. And then to help themselves to your side dishes?? I would have loved to write that report!

proudly shopping in the D.
I had a host do this once. I don't recall him sitting down with us, but he stood by our table chatting with us the entire time, except when he'd step away for a minute to seat people...then he'd come right back. I saw someone say that in the south this is typical. Well, this was Long Island, New York. He was a young guy & wanted to tell me and my wife about getting into college. He sort of took over our lunch date, but he wanted advice & to chat and I had no idea how to politely put a stop to it. It was a mystery shop. I can't remember if I wrote about that in the survey because it was 4-5 years ago.
Good for you, Buzz, for recognizing that he may have had cognitive disabilities.

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