The resort where we stayed in Cancun had a fancy Italian restaurant where we ate most nights. After a long day of reading books and doing nothing on the beach, we'd all head up to our rooms, shower and meet back downstairs for a delicious meal and drinks. There were eleven of us, and so we had to be split up at two tables.
We wore our best dresses and drank wine and were very, very fancy.
|Look how fancy!|
After dinner the first night, I stood up to go and chat with the other table. We discussed what they ate and how good it was. An older man who worked at the restaurant came up to me and grabbed my arm and dragged me back to the table where I was sitting, to the spot where I was eating. He seemed very agitated when he said to me, "PLEASE DO NOT PUT YOUR GUM UNDER THE TABLE CLOTH."
The staff were changing out the linens and sure enough, at my spot, under the table cloth was a piece of gum.
YOU GUYS. It was NOT MINE.
We were eating fancy! I would never put my gum under the tablecloth! It was seriously way up underneath, so whoever did it had to pull up three yards of fabric and shove it up under there, on the pad underneath.
I said, "Sir, that's not mine."
He poked it and said, "FRESH."
I poked it.
It was fresh.
But you guys!!! It was NOT. MINE. I repeated myself. "Sir, I am telling you that gum is NOT MINE."
He was so disgusted with me and so finally I just shrugged my shoulders and walked away.
|Does this look like somebody who just shoved GUM under her fancy tablecloth?|
The story doesn't end here, unfortunately.
The next night, I was nervous to go back there, but I decided to get over myself and just do it. I sat down and out of the corner of my eye I noticed the man. Out of the corner of my other eye, I noticed one of my friends putting her gum on a little plate next to her dinner plate. I didn't have any time to warn her.
Here comes the waiter (not the same man, but he came straight from talking to the man). He handed her a paper napkin and said, "please put your gum in this paper napkin. And anyone else at this table *here he looked STRAIGHT AT ME* needs to put their gum in a paper napkin right now."
I threw my cloth napkin down on the table and half stood up to say to that poor innocent waiter, "OH FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!! I DID NOT PUT MY GUM IN THE TABLECLOTH! YOU TELL THAT MAN I DIDN'T DO IT! AND WILL YOU PLEASE ALSO TELL HIM I AM 37 YEARS OLD!!!!!"
He looked really hurt and said, "yes, I will tell him".
And then he came back later to take our order and I said, "I'll have the seared tuna. With extra gum."
And then the poor innocent waiter said, "please. I am on your side."
And then I really felt bad.
But for Pete's sake, can you imagine being accused of a heinous crime? Twice? When you were 100% innocent of it? Now I know how Cameron Todd Willingham felt.
After he poked the gum and said, "fresh"...and you poked it and said, "yes, it's fresh", you should have picked it up and chewed it in front of him. Then you should have spit it out and told him it was NOT yours as it was not the flavor you chew. I think that would have helped.
I like your gum-shion in defending yourself. Sorry.
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