Wife and I were slammed at our respective offices yesterday, so we met up for a drink on the way home. Regionally branded, popular joint, moderately busy. She and I are seated at the bar, we’re both in our mid 40’s. Separated from us by one stool is a quasi-greasy couple, clearly in their 60’s. I’m on the right side of my wife, then an empty stool to my right, then the old woman and her husband/boyfriend on her right side.
We’re there maybe an hour, shared an order of nachos, and are each finishing our 2nd drink. I turn to my right to get the bartender’s attention to settle up, and go home. The old lady next to me is pivoted in her stool toward me, and staring at me. I can’t help but acknowledge her. “Hi, how y’all?”
She says to me, deadpan, “You got a problem.”
I’ve spent my share of time in restaurants & bars, and I’ve never heard someone say that to me. I was confused. I even looked past her to the husband/boyfriend for clarity. He looked right at me all grumpy.
I shook it all off as a misunderstanding, and still genuinely unsure of what I had just heard said to the woman, who still hasn’t taken her eyes off me, “Hey all, she (my wife) and I just stopped for a bite after work”. That’s called casual conversation, remember I just wanted to get the bartender’s attention.
“You should be quiet” the old lady says to me, while making the closed zipper motion with her fingers across her lips.
For real. My wife, on my left, is as oblivious to this exchange as I am dumbfounded. I can’t believe this happening. I literally said “I’m sorry, ma’am”, put my head down and turned back to my wife. Still confused, what’s happening. Did I say something? Is she just drunk? Crazy?
Thankfully, the wife was settling the tab while I was in an alternative universe, and we were able to leave right away. I told the Mrs.in the car what had happened while driving home. She still barely believes me, but I can hardly sleep thinking about that bizarraro world exchange with the old lady from hell. I have no f’cking idea what that was about.
Anyone else have any weirdo encounter stories to tell??