Internet supports lone diner taking table while angry couple wait ‘offended’

The internet has sided with a woman who upset a couple at a restaurant by eating alone.

On Monday, Reddit user Resturant_Conflicts shared the awkward situation on the popular subreddit r/AmITeA**hole.

“I’ve given up dating but still enjoy date activities,” says the 35-year-old. “That’s why I go out on a date once a month. I go alone to the cinema, to the museum and even mini golf. I always treat myself to a nice lunch or dinner between 3 and 4 p.m., after the lunchtime rush but before the dinner rush so I have ample time to enjoy my meal.”

She explained that she always finds a new restaurant for her “self dates” and on Saturday found a hidden Mediterranean spot with great decor and music and only about seven tables.

“When I got there there was only one other table occupied and I was seated at the only table with two seats,” she wrote. “The waiter brought me my drink and I had just placed my order when a couple walked in. They looked around the small restaurant, saw me at the only table with two seats and approached the waiter. I was on my Kindle and didn’t pay attention until I heard the waiter say, ‘There are many other tables.’”

As the couple continued talking to the waiter, the Redditor recalls hearing one of them say, “It won’t take her that long. She’s all alone.” Resturant_Conflicts explained, “The woman snorted and sat down at a table for four.”

The Redditor explained that during her self-dates, she goes all out—ordering an appetizer, a soup, and an entree. As her appetizer came out, she heard the man say again, “Look, it’s just a small meal, it’ll be gone soon.”

When the appetizer appeared, the couple became increasingly irritated: “As soon as they saw it, the woman said, ‘Are you kidding me’,” explained the Redditor. “The food was amazing and even though I knew they were waiting for my table, I took my time to enjoy the food.”

An increasingly popular part of modern life, self-dates are sacrificing socializing time to take care of themselves. A 2017 study delved deeper into the effects of loneliness on people’s experiences and thoughts. Research has found that loneliness can lead to relaxation and reduced stress when individuals actively choose to be alone. Before that, in 2016, there was a study in the British Journal of Psychology found that highly intelligent people actually report lower life satisfaction after hanging out with friends. Both studies underscore the potential importance of alone time in an increasingly connected and densely populated world.

Woman likes to eat alone in the restaurant
A file photo of a woman eating happily alone in a restaurant. A woman was supported online after occupying a table while an angry couple waited.
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Resturant_Conflicts said she found the whole experience quite funny – until she told friends who claimed she had been unreasonable.

“They said restaurants like this were for couples on dates, not singles, and it wouldn’t have been a big deal for me to move or have takeout at home,” she wrote. “I said it was 4pm, no a prime date time and that there were five other tables but they said I took the most romantic table and ruined their date for my own amusement.”

Unsure, the Redditor asked the internet for her opinion, and Reddit users overwhelmingly backed her — telling her she wasn’t the asshole.

“NTA,” one commenter wrote, “They took the smallest table available, which happened to be a two-seat table. What would anyone expect from you other than just that?”

“So singles can’t enjoy good food now? They have to go to takeouts and hide in their homes to make room for dates?” asked another Reddit user.

Another commenter said, “It’s not your fault they wanted your table and didn’t even have the courtesy to ask you directly if you wouldn’t mind moving,” and the poster agreed, “That was the part who was so wild for me that they didn’t even ask. If they had been polite I might have even moved, but they were just so passive-aggressive.

“I hate when people get mad at single people just because they exist,” wrote another Reddit user. Another commenter said, “I’m actually shocked your friends tried to eat at a restaurant.”

news week has contacted Resturant_Conflicts for comment.

https://www.newsweek.com/reddit-eating-alone-dining-etiquette-morality-internet-1707281 Internet supports lone diner taking table while angry couple wait ‘offended’

Rick Schindler

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