I go to a Starbucks. I’m one of the regulars there.
I posted a story somewhere about another of the regulars who I used to share a table with. He has cerebral palsy and talks with a speech impediment. Out of the blue, this guy decided he didn’t want to sit with me anymore. At the time, he said my voice was too loud.
Well, huh, says I. So I don’t sit with him. But I keep going to this Starbucks as it’s arcross the street from my house. He keeps coming to it too.
Well today, I was about to go, and I had a newspaper I didn’t want anymore. I offered it to him as I was walking out. And he blows up at me.
He says that I was making fun of his speech impediment. What? I don’t remember any such thing, and I certainly wouldn’t do any such thing. I say so, and that this must be a big misunderstanding. He says, all sarcastic, “Oh yeah, BIG misunderstanding!” After that, I left.
Now WTF? I can’t, for the life of me, think of anything I could’ve done to offend this guy. We were good…well, aquaintances for awhile. I even helped him with his school papers.
I don’t want to stop going to this Starbucks, and I won’t. I like too many people there, and I would feel like a coward if I stopped going and I’ve done nothing wrong that I know of. But this is going to be a really awkward situation now.
I’m not sure if I should try to clear things up or just stay away from this guy.
I’m just wondering if while we used to talk, I might’ve said something like, “I made a mistake, I’m so dumb.” in a funny voice or something, and he took it the wrong way. That’s all I can think of, unless someone’s lying about me behind my back at Starbucks. And that’s even more disturbing.
I’m just not sure what to do. If anything.