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The bouncer.

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m2kbug:
The only thing I would change is touching his leg.  Either speak louder or tap a shoulder.  You weren't rude at all.

NutellaNut:
I think you were fine, OP.

But I have a question - was their couch smaller than yours? Or did they have a fourth friend show up?  If it was not, I am puzzled as to why they assumed they should seat the bouncer on your couch.  They should have filled up their couch with their party before going outside of it.

TurtleDove:

--- Quote from: NutellaNut on March 31, 2014, 11:57:56 AM ---I think you were fine, OP.

But I have a question - was their couch smaller than yours? Or did they have a fourth friend show up?  If it was not, I am puzzled as to why they assumed they should seat the bouncer on your couch.  They should have filled up their couch with their party before going outside of it.

--- End quote ---

This was my question also.  I think the OP handled this well, although if it were me I would have definitely suggested they fill their couch rather than ask to share mine.  I also would choose regular seats and not a couch in the future.

Ginger G:
Were the couches the same size?  If so, why on earth would he want to squeeze in next to two strangers instead of his friends?  I think you were fine to ask him to stop bouncing, that would have driven me crazy too! 

I recently had a similiar experience on an airplane.  I was in the window seat and a young lady sat next to me and crossed her legs and then proceeded to bounce one of them vigorously, shaking my seat in the process.  I sat there for a few minutes wondering what to do.  I then noticed that across the aisle and one row up was a completely empty row, so as soon as the seatbelt sign went off I excused myself and went and moved to that row.

doodlemor:
I think that you were fine.  The guy needs to realize that his habit will annoy people in certain situations.

You didn't mention the relative sizes of the three men.  I think that the politest thing they could have done would have been to put the smallest person on your couch. 

Slight threadjack here.  One day a school principal that I know was doing a formal observation of a teacher.  I think that the kids were older - maybe in high school.  The principal did not realize that he had an unconscious habit of bouncing his leg.  The teacher paused in the middle of her lesson and very sternly said something like, "Someone here is bouncing their legs and making the whole floor move up and down."  I don't remember if the principal confessed immediately, or waited until the post lesson conference.

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