Question I'm hoping to settle before baseball season starts up. Background: I am a huge fan of my local major league baseball team and try to go to as many games as possible during the season. Several family members/friends are also hugs fans of this team and we sit in the same section whenever possible.
Last season I bought 2 seats on the lower field level for a big game. My Aunt decided that she would like to go and purchased the other ticket from me. We had 2 cousins also in our row and a few family friends in front of us. Everyone knew everyone so it was quite the jolly group.
After the national anthem I took a picture and posted it to Facebook. A few minutes later I received a text from a friendly acquaintance saying, "Hey I'm at the same game but on the upper deck! Come up here during the 3rd inning and I'll buy you a beer." I had not seen this person in quite a while and wanted to say hi, so I excused myself during the third inning and met up with them. Because I had a field ticket I was able to go up to their level, but they were not able to access my level. I was back to my seat by the fourth inning - gone probably about 20-30 minutes total. I enjoyed the rest of the game with my family/friends and our team won! Yay!
Fast forward 2 weeks later - I'm talking with a family friend (who wasn't even at the game!) and she mentions she thought it was really rude I left Aunt during an entire inning to go meet up with someone. Of course I feel terrible so I call Aunt, who is a bit perplexed, she only mentioned I was gone for a bit in passing because she was telling family friend how she enjoyed catching up with our cousins while I stepped out.
I relay this message back to family friend (yes, I was being smug) and she says "Well your Aunt might not mind, but if I go to a game with you, you had better not leaving me sitting there while you go off drinking with friends. At least have some manners and bring me with you so I can be properly introduced!"
I think family friend is being quite the special snowflake, but who knows, maybe I was rude? Obviously I would not have left if it was just Aunt and myself. I even brought her back some cracker jacks!