We were shopping at a crowded antique store when a woman came up behind me and stage-whispered in a girlish, conspiratorial tone, "Excuse me, your tag is out!"
I immediately reached for my T-shirt tag, which sure enough was partly flopped out, and turned toward her and started to say, "Th --" (I would ordinarily thank someone for this.)
She interrupted me with an abrupt, full-volume shriek, "It's really bothering HIM!" and a finger jabbed in the direction of her male companion. I didn't catch his reaction because I was too shocked by her scolding and practically ran away (as fast as one can in a booth filled with high vaue china).
My response was a probably overly enthusiastic (internally sarcastic), "Oh, boy! Thanks a lot, then!" (And a silent, "Wouldn't want to hurt a man's delicate sensibilities with an errant tag, would we?")
Now, I know I should have kept my tone to myself, but I'm wondering: Is anyone MORE mortified or ashamed of their mild (non-sexual) faux pas/errors because they happen around someone of the opposite sex? If so, was she actually being kind by speaking on his behalf (if that's even what she was doing)?