Today I went to La Madeline for lunch. It was very crowded and I found a 2 person table that still had dishes on it, to sit at. In front of me were 3 men at a table for 6 but they were having a business meeting and their things were spread out. Because there was a lack of tables an older lady (70’s or so) put her tray down at the table invited her friend over (also in her 70’s) and proceeded to eat their lunch. They did this without asking. You could tell the men were very confused as to what to do with the women. I quickly finished most of my lunch stacked my dishes and told the ladies that I was leaving and that they could have my table.
Etiquette lesson #1:Barging into someone’s business meeting is never acceptable, no matter how old you are. Ask before sitting down at a table with others at it. It’s common courtesy people!