So my boyfriend and I are at a swanky martini bar the other night and the bar gets busier and busier as the night goes on. We’d gotten there early so we had “prime retail” barstools right next to the register…which is where you’ll often find the bartender, which means that people have a tendency to congregate there to order a drink.
It’s slightly irritating when people press up against you in order to get to the bar, but hey, it’s a busy bar…comes with the territory. As long as they order a drink and step back a bit, no big deal.
But this one girl shoved her way in between my boyfriend and the bar stool next to him (also occupied of course) and decided to stand there and chat with her friend for awhile. She had a massive handbag on her arm which she rested directly in my boyfriend’s lap. She was facing the other way the entire time and seemed quite content with the tiny amount of space she’d managed to wedge herself into, regardless of anyone else’s comfort.
After several minutes of this, in which it becomes apparent she’s not going to move, my boyfriend leans over to her and says loudly, “Seriously?” and looks down at her handbag, which is taking up most of his lap.
She gasps with outrage and steps back, giving him the kind of glare that would lead bystanders to believe he grabbed her ass or something.
This was around 11:00; at 2:15 when we’re headed towards the door, this girl steps in front of him and yells, “SERIOUSLY?”
He says, “You know what, maybe I overreacted a bit; if I was rude to you, I apologize.”
As we walk out the door I can hear her boyfriend trying to soothe her, saying, “Hey, he did apologize…what more do you want?”
In other words, this girl was trying to get her boyfriend to “confront” mine about The Great Purse Incident Of 2007.
While I guess my boyfriend could’ve tapped her on the shoulder and said, “Excuse me, could you move your purse out of my lap?” or something more polite, is she not still the one in the wrong? And how crazy is it that she was still outraged three hours later?
“SERIOUSLY?” has now become one of our catchphrases.