Of course, the local economy would not seem to be the only thing under attack. If the etiquette we have encountered of late is any indication, our very sensibilities are under attack.
While lunching recently with friends, a complaint was made by one of our dining companions about a gentleman in the restaurant who was wearing a cap while dining. We replied that we had long ago given up on worrying about the relative rudeness of cap wearing diners. And it turns out we were right to think that the wearing of a cap in a restaurant was the least of our problems.
After lunch, while we were sitting on the bench inside the entrance waiting for our friend to return from the ladies’ room, we looked out the window at the exact time a gentleman, and we use the term very loosely, standing on the sidewalk outside evidently decided he had to tuck in his shirt. Thus he undid his belt, unzipped his pants and dropped his trousers exposing his lily white boxer shorts. He then tucked in his shirt, pulled his pants up, buckled his belt and zipped up his fly. Even we, who has seen a lot in our lifetime, were stunned.
Of course, the gentleman may have thought he was alone on the sidewalk and did not realize his exposure through the window. But thank goodness he was at least wearing boxers, although we think briefs would have also worked for us too.
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