DH and I were having dinner at a local club/restaurant earlier this week. It's a fairly nice place in terms of dress code etc, but the restaurant is a bistro so self-seated and informal. I was seated near the window with my back to the window, while DH was opposite me, so with his back to the "walkway" area. We were in the middle of our dinner. DH was talking to me about something when a couple walked past us (so behind him) talking. All of a sudden, one of those horrifying slow motion moments where you see something happening but not fast enough to react happened. A teeny piece of spittle came from the man's mouth, flew across the air and landed (visibly!) on the top of my sweater. Ewwwww!
I reacted with a disgusted look as I glanced down to see this on my sweater. The man actually realised as well what had happened and stopped to apologise. I grabbed a napkin and dabbed myself off and said "It's ok". They moved on. It had all happened so fast that DH then asked me what on earth had happened!
Is there ANY way to make these situations less awkward? Also, is the correct etiquette to deal with it discreetly, or is it meant to be one of those "pretend it never happened" type incidents? Realistically, we probably get things on us all day long without noticing, but it was awkward partly because both of us saw it which necessitated some form of social exchange be it polite ignoring or the interaction we did have. As far as I can tell it really was just one of those things - the guy did not appear inebriated, nor to be deliberately spitting, just talking excitedly and it happened. The sweater went into the laundry that night for psychological reasons. (Such a pain, it had only just come out!)