I am sure the following is familiar to a lot of you: you are sitting in your favorite restaurant, enjoying the food and/or company and otherwise minding your own business. But tonight they have a musician or two laid on. They are making the rounds of the tables and play for each. I usually grin and bear it, but at least two times (as far as my memory goes) it’s been toenail-curlingly embarassing when, encountering two people of opposite sexes, they assume it’s a date and launch into something overtly romantic and I am with a female friend (yes you can have friends of the opposite sex) in one case and a female colleague in another case. Anyway my attitude is: when I want music I ask for it myself (or go somewhere where I can expect to be played music at). These musicians are a nuisance IMO - at least the dragon food sellers are put of with a short shake of the head while musicians play for a while and expect an overt show of appreciation.
I fantasized, in these cases, to pointedly offer these people hush money, but I have always been too craven, rationalizing that it would be unkind.
Has anyone of you got up the moral courage to tell such musicians to go away?