Restaurant Encounters

Recently, my fiance and I went to a nice little Chinese buffet restaurant here in Abilene. We were sat in this odd little room off of the main dining area, a room that only fits three tables. We'd sat here before, and no problems . . . today would be different though.

When we first sat down, the other two tables were vacant. We left to go get our first plate of food, and as we were returning another table was being seated in this the room. There were two women, one middle-aged and one older, and a middle-aged man. One seat remained vacant, and they discussed what they were ordering (the size of this room means it is impossible to not hear what is being said by all) and then another older man joins them. I can see him looking at me out of the corner of my eye. The older lady then states, very loudly, "You'd do better not to look that way."

Now this might be rude, but I have gotten used to that so I just shook my head in disbelief but didn't think much of it. A minute or two later, they pick up and ask the waitress to be seated elsewhere. This I found to be a bit depressing, and even more rude. Heidi, my fiance, had her back to the table where all of this action took place. She didn't get a look at the people, or she would have seeked them out and confronted them on their actions. I'm not as confrontational, but I have thought about this incident a lot . . . and I wonder, what should I do? And would it make any difference?

I could have been negative. I could have made a scene of it, insulting the rude people as they had insulted me. Would this be wise?

I could have seeked them out and pointed out their rudeness, presenting myself as intelligent, good mannered and no different from a non-modded person that they would not have requested to be moved away from. Would this have accomplished anything?

Or I could do what I ended up doing: nothing. I just reflect upon this and wonder. I was hurt by their actions and I wonder if they even realize this at all. I feel like I should have done something, but I don't know what. Could I make any difference in the way they look at the next modded person, or would I just be wasting my time?

So I ask, what would you do?

Thank you, Modified Mind Editor/Creator Bryan Henderson

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