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Horrific Mortified Embarrassment

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Last night, I went with some girlfriends to an improv type event at a downtown location.  The setup in the 'theatre' is stadium like seating curving around the room, with a couple rows of tables at the front near the stage.  We were sitting in the last row of the stadium seating.  Directly in front of each stadium seating is a table that curves with the seating.  Each 'table' has a ledge/lip about 1" high in front and back.   Programmes were set in front of each seat, but it was also obvious the tables were to be used for drinks as well.

I was talking to my friend next to me and reached to put down my wine glass.  I missed the table part, and hit the ledge.  The wine and glass spilled all over the guy in front of me!!  I have NEVER been so embarrassed in my life!  It was one of those "NNNnnnoooooooooooooooooooooooo" slow motion things that still happened too fast to prevent.  It was completely by accident and our first concern was the broken glass - luckily large pieces and no small chards we could see.  The 2nd concern was the back of his shirt was covered in red wine.  *sigh*

I apologized over and over and over and over again. I was so shocked.  Nothing like that has ever happened to me before.  I have been the spillee before, nothing so major as this, but never the spiller.  I bought him a double white russian and offered to pay for his shirt, which he happened to have bought at TJ Maxx that day for $20.  Paid him for that and continued to apologize and thanked him for being so nice.   T

I still feel very badly even though he was VERY nice about it.  I know that it would not have turned out well with most people understanding it was an unfortunate accident - like the lady on the other side who had the same thing happen to her by someone else.  She was not quite so nice as this guy.

It appears it happened to three different people.  They probably put the 'ledge' on to prevent spills, but it appears to cause more spills and accidents. 

At any rate, I was VERY lucky the guy was so nice.  He was there for his 26th birthday with his parents and I joked after the intermission when his mom sat in front of me if she wanted a tye dye shirt too. 

I don't know if there was anything else I could have offered to do to make it right....well as right as it could be given the situation.

Oh dear!  :o

I don't think there was anything more you could have done. I'm glad he was nice about it. Too bad the other patrons didn't take a lesson from him!

I've been the spilled-on person too. Many times.  ::) Stuff happens.

If you are so inclined, you might contact the manager and complain about the ledge. That's crazy. There should be a barrier there to prevent accidents like that.

Essentially, I agree with O'Dell.  You were gracious and even funny with his mother  ;D.  At least it wasn't an expensive shirt, and can be a work shirt for things around the house now.  I also agree with contacting management if it's a place you frequent.

Absolutely complain about the ledge.  and don't forget to tell the manager "Thank heavens it was not a hot drink and that no one was injured by flying glass... and by the way you owe me for the White Russian and the shirt!" How foolish can this place be to have a set up like that?  There shouldn't be tables overhanging the patrons below!

He was just glad he wasn't this guy

(This may also have a place in the gross-out thread  :-[)


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