We just got back from (trying) to eat at a restaurant.
I honestly think this is the 2nd time in my life I walked out of a place before even ordering.
This was a nice restaurant, one that has occured to me several times in the last year to try out. My husband and I made a special date night to go there.
A couple with a teenager were seating right before us, at a booth next to a window with a nice view.
We were next and we requested a booth too. We were led to one, and I said "oooohh...could we get a booth by that window also?
As we're getting settled in, we were talking. In the back of my mind I registered I was hearing voices over a speaker. When we stopped our brief conversation, I heard these speaker voices again, and the idea drifted into my mind that perhaps some police officers were eating there. I realize now this was a ridiculous thought, since it wasn't the type of place cops would go to on their dinner break, and if they did, they would have had their speakers turned WAY down. I simply wasn't paying much attention up until this point.
Suddenly, the people who were behind us, the same 3 that came in right before, got up suddenly and moved completely over to another area of the restaurant. It finally dawned on me why.
When they moved away, I realized the voices I heard were indeed coming from a speaker. The speaker of an iphone.
4 people, 2 in their 50's, and 2 more that were apparantly their parents/inlaws, were at the booth beyond them, with the iphone in the middle of the table, and they were all having a conversation with someone on the phone. And I mean a loud conversation. The people at the table were all speaking loud enough that we could completely hear every word they said. We would have been able to hear them if we had been 3 or even 4 booths away. And the speaker phone? Tres annoying.
Our waiter arrived for drink orders, and I asked him to speak to those people. He looked over, then continued to ask for our drink orders. I figured "let him get our drink order" then he'll go over.
He takes the order, then starts to walk in the opposite direction. I said "Excuse me? Could you ask those people to turn their speaker phone off?" (They were now discussing with someone, who was obviously a customer, the procedure for bringing in their dog to be trained) He looked over there again, and started over, then veered away to the front of the restaurant. I figured he was getting the manager.
Of course he wasn't, the conversation on the speaker phone continued, no manager, no amount of looks in their direction changed anything.
Waiter comes back with drinks and my husband says "no ones talked to them yet, go over there and tell them to turn their goddamn phone off."
The waiter says, I kid you not "it's not my job to ask them to not talk on the phone"
I say "This isn't someone talking on their phone. This is four people having a loud conversation with someone on a speaker phone! This entire area of the restaurant can hear every word all of them are saying. I'm sure you noticed your table of people all moved to the other end of the room, out of your area, just to get away from them!"
Wally says "Let's go"
Oh, now all of a sudden, as we're getting up, it's all "let me get a manager" etc.
I look over at the people who had to move, and they are now actively engaged in watching to see what happens. The phone people? Totally oblivious to all of this.
We get up and I walk straight up to their table and say "You've made one table move to get away from you, and now we're leaving to get away from you also. I'm sure the restaurant appreciates it that they aren't going to get our business, or that we won't ever think of coming here again." No arguments, part of me just likes to believe that once someone is made aware of something, they may at some future time reflect, and or/change. Seriously, I have had things said to me, that did not hit me for years and years, but when it did, it made a difference.
As I walk away, the older lady says, lamely "Well, I hope you have a wonderful evening"
Why is it the people who are literally driving others away from them can't see what they are doing?
Ohhhh...well know there's a manager, now the asking if they can do anything.
Too late for you bub.