I was at the airport (far too early) on Sunday night, waiting at the almost empty terminal with my duffel bag and purse and reading a book. A woman came up with a suit bag and duffel, set them in the seat next to me, and stood over me.
"Watch my bags," she demanded, no "please" about it.
"Sorry, I don't feel comfortable doing that," I replied.
"I'm just going to get a water."
"Really? It's the cardinal rule of the airport. You don't watch other people's bags."
"Geez, I'll just be a minute."
"I'm not doing this to be mean. I am not comfortable watching a stranger's bags."
She let out the loudest *huff* I've heard and stomped away toward a snack counter. She was back in less than 2 minutes and set her things right back next to me and sat down with the biggest plop a tiny woman can make, and sat, glaring at me.
I went for a moment's walk, then sat 3 rows away, where I witnessed Guy 1 trying to become friends with Guy 2, and quickly transitioning to asking Guy 2 to please "watch his stuff." After the first refusal, Guy 1 changed his mind:
"I'll take my bags with me; I just need you to watch this," he said as he pulled a flask from his jeans pocket.
"Sorry, no," said Guy 2.
Guy 1 stood and leaned over Guy 2 and pushed the flask into Guy 2's hand. "I'll just be a minute. I can't take this out with me when I go smoke."
"Still no. I will not hold this!"
"Fine," Guy 1 said, snatching back the precious flask. "I'll just get the airport lady to watch it!" He, too, huffed off.
(Side note: Airport lady!?! I have no idea what he meant.)
It seems like an obvious "Why would I want to do that?" situation, but I'm wondering what you would do! Is it a normal thing to ask?