I find this strange...what do you think?

  1. Friday night dh wanted to do something nice for me so we went to Red Lobster for dinner. The couple who came in and sat at the table just across from us were dressed very nice, they sat down, they promptly both pulled out paperback book novels and began reading. They stopped momentarily to order their food. They read all the way through eating their dinner. Neither spoke to each other. When they finished eating they kept reading. About 10 minutes later the woman closed her book and said to her husband, you ready to leave. He closed his book and they got up and left.

    People can do whatever they want, it is a free country, it just seemed awfully strange and seemed rude to me. I probably would have picked up the food to go and ate and home while reading.
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  3. by   caliotter3
    At least they didn't decide to have the fight of the century or engage in very loud discourse or some other totally rude behavior to ruin your dining experience. I would have to say it seems rather odd. I have had people stare at me and make rude comments loud enough for me to hear concerning me in nice restaurants. I wanted to throw a utensil at them.
  4. by   Lisa CCU RN
    LOL. I'm with the other poster-- at least they weren't arguing.
  5. by   donsterRN
    I'm sure they are aware of how they appear to people who apparently have the time and interest to watch them.
  6. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    At least it was something quiet, and no loud yaking on their cellphones.
  7. by   TazziRN
    As long as neither objected to their partner reading during dinner, it wasn't rude. Sad, but not rude.

    I'm sure this isn't the reason they did it, but when my brother and I were kids we could not be in the same room for more than five minutes without fighting. Our parents actually encouraged us to read at the table because then we wouldn't fight.
  8. by   muffie
    different but hey
  9. by   clemmm78
    yup, Strange. Quiet, but strange.
  10. by   Tweety
    Not rude. It's probably the dynamics of their relationship they read at dinnertime and neither wanted to cook. It's not fair to judge them by what you see.

    I had a roommate who read all the time. Literally all the time, when she brushed her teeth, when she ate, in bed, at the dinner table (although not when we ate out together, but definately if we ate together at home, which wasn't often), and she would be in heaven with a partner that liked to read like that.
  11. by   DutchgirlRN
    Quote from Tweety
    It's not fair to judge them by what you see.
    Quote from DutchgirlRN
    People can do whatever they want, it is a free country, it just seemed awfully strange and seemed rude to me.
    I wasn't judging them. Just curious what others thought? Not a big deal.
    Last edit by DutchgirlRN on Mar 11, '07
  12. by   clemmm78
    Quote from DutchgirlRN
    I wasn't judging them. Just curious what others thought? Not a big deal.
    I know what you meant.
  13. by   EmerNurse
    Definately curious, but sounds like they've found a nice compatible partner LOL. Couldn't you just see us all with our laptops, reading allnurses, while out to dinner? <giggle>

    I don't find this rude simply because this couple, out to have dinner, had no social obligation to anyone else. They weren't at a table for 6 with 4 other people and ignoring their dinner companions.

    Give me a couple of compatible, quiet readers any day, instead of the 2 screaming babies, toddler on the floor under the table (ewww) while mom and dad bicker over who was supposed to pay the electric bill this month! (yep watched this one at another table while trying to have a nice meal).
  14. by   nursemary9
    DutchGirl

    A bit strange;
    However, I read your post outloud to my DH. he reminded me of the time we went out to dinner at kind of a nice place.
    We were sitting there having dinner & nice conversation, when a guy was seated at the next table; he proceeded to pull out his small TV set & set it up on the table & then proceeded to watch WHEEL OF FORTUNE!!
    He kept the volume down or had an earphone, so no one was botherd!! We laughed all the way home!!

    Also, there is the old Audrey Hepburn movie TWO FOR THE ROAD--thru the movie as they encounter couples eating out--& not speaking, the line was "who sits like that & eats with out speaking??"-----------MARRIED PEOPLE!!

    Often, when we eat lunch or breakfast out, DH brings a newspaper---however, what he does is usually read articles to me & we talk about them. We don't do this when we go to dinner, tho.

    Too Funny!!

    Mary Ann

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