Posts from 15th March 2002

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Mar 02

A quick point of order re- this whole etiquette thing.

Pumpkin PublogPost a comment • 455 views

A quick point of order re- this whole etiquette thing. Pete – a man so rude as to not remember a young lady’s name (it was Nicky) – did not in fact offer the bar stools to us laydeez but sat down with great speed and smugness. Tut tut.

I thoroughly disagree with John’s dislike of the pub table grab

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I thoroughly disagree with John’s dislike of the pub table grab. Improving ones situation in life is something which we should always strive for. We go to a pub because we like its ambience, because we like the beer, because we like the pub. The fact that I cannot get a table now does not mean I will always be denied. I take great pleasure in going from standing to sitting, and will always do so given half the chance. People know if their time is up, part of the joy of the regular pubgoer is knowing how to intimidate table hoggers into relinquishing their pint glasses and going on their way. Far worse is going into a pub, grabbing an empty table and then sitting around nervously trying to decide who is going to go to the bar. The way to enter a pub is straight to the bar, drinks then look around for furnishing. So the scenario John describes (go in, look around and then decide whether to stay or not) should never happen.

Further to Pete’s LJR story

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Further to Pete’s LJR story below, I think he made an initial error. The Pub Table Grab is a manoeuvre that should never be attempted. I can’t think of anything which makes me feel less comfortable in a pub than looking around hawkishly for a better place to sit or stand. Ooh, are they moving? Look, they’ve only got a sip left in their beer! Quick, quick… God, even thinking about it puts me on edge.

If you are in a pub and there’s nowhere to sit down, either resign yourself to standing up or go somewhere else. It’s that simple.