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(Mother Nature Network)   It's cool if you want to sit on the same side of the table as your date when you go to eat. But just so you know, you're freaking out everyone else at the restaurant   (mnn.com) divider line 136
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2013-01-15 09:17:33 AM
Um...no, they're not. At least not the actual grown ups.

If they're being touchy-feely and/or making out they're bothering everyone else. But if where they're sitting is a problem for you, boy are you going to flip out when some lady starts breastfeeding.
 
2013-01-15 09:50:24 AM
Not everyone sitting side by side is getting a hand job under the table, would be nice though. Grow up and buzz off. I'm renting that table for the duration of my meal I can sit at it how I want.
 
2013-01-15 10:09:02 AM
On the rare occasions I go out to eat, I spend most of my attention & time on the people I'm with and the food on my plate (in that order). I honestly couldn't give two flying farks what patrons at other tables are doing (as long as they aren't being noisey)
 
2013-01-15 10:09:19 AM
I just stand in the aisle and hold my plate up to my chest.
 
2013-01-15 10:09:51 AM
I don't understand why people sit side-by-side at a table or booth.
Sit across from each other people!!
 
2013-01-15 10:10:21 AM
i'll sit where i damn well please... and if you value getting tips and possibly even returning customers, you're going to serve me.
 
2013-01-15 10:10:27 AM
I just find it weird because a) I prefer to look at someone when I'm talking to them without having to crane my neck around like Linda Blair; and b) I like a little elbow room when I eat.
 
2013-01-15 10:10:32 AM
Dear people who are freaked out by this,

Mind your own damn business. If you spent as much time on yourself as you do obsessing about things others do that don't matter, maybe you'd be able to find someone who wants to sit next to you too.

Sincerely,

People Who Aren't Farked Up
 
2013-01-15 10:10:36 AM
Does this also explain why, when I go to eat at a restaurant Alone, they always try to seat me so that I have less of a view of the place?

/"watch out for the creepy guy sitting by himself, he's probably a damn pre-vert or something"
 
2013-01-15 10:12:21 AM
When I see this I just assume they are waiting for another couple to show up and sit on the other side of the table.

My wife likes to same-side sometimes, but I don't like it. It throws off the symmetry of the table.
 
2013-01-15 10:12:27 AM
Booth = opposite.

Table = share a corner.
 
2013-01-15 10:12:31 AM
Who in the hell thinks this is a problem? Me and my wife went out to brunch on Sunday and sat at adjoining sides of a square table meant for four rather than across from each other.
 
2013-01-15 10:13:06 AM
I guess I'm not that easily freaked out.
 
2013-01-15 10:13:38 AM
Of course you're freaking out people. Especially when guys wearing "Members Only" jackets are walking in and out.
 
2013-01-15 10:16:58 AM
Same side offers a much better cleavage vowing angle on a date with a woman with a low cut top
 
2013-01-15 10:17:00 AM
My ladyfriend did this to me a few summers ago when we were out. She wanted to watch the baseball game on tv, which is cool, but I told her she had to get back on her own damn side when the food arrived.
 
2013-01-15 10:17:02 AM
Depends on the place, but sometimes my girl and I like to sit side-by-side. Anyone who doesn't like it is welcome to ignore us.
 
2013-01-15 10:17:14 AM
Yeah, it's off-putting.
 
2013-01-15 10:17:45 AM
My wife and I always sit opposite, just in case we need to arm wrestle to settle an argument.
 
2013-01-15 10:18:07 AM
What if you don't know the people you are dining with? Once at a crowded restaurant the server (looking really embarrassed) asked if we wouldn't mind being seated with another couple in a booth meant for 6 since that was all they had open and she really didn't want to put just two people in it. We all agreed but my wife sat next to me while the other two women sat next to each other. Actually it was kind of fun to meet new people.
 
2013-01-15 10:18:17 AM
What if we sit on opposite sides but when she "accidentally" drops her fork under the table she give me a blowie while shes down there. Is that ok?
 
2013-01-15 10:18:32 AM
That's some nitpicky shiat right there.  Must be a slow news day.
 
2013-01-15 10:19:34 AM
Sometimes we might whisper something to each other, and touch each other as well. OH GOD NO, don't anybody be happy.
 
2013-01-15 10:20:36 AM
Being gunfighters, we both like to have our backs to the wall
 
2013-01-15 10:21:18 AM

bikerbob59: I don't understand why people sit side-by-side at a table or booth.
Sit across from each other people!!


sometimes it's too cold in the restaurant and she wants to sit next to me

can't fault her, i wouldn't want to look at that face all the time either
 
2013-01-15 10:21:22 AM

Pants full of macaroni!!: Does this also explain why, when I go to eat at a restaurant Alone, they always try to seat me so that I have less of a view of the place?

/"watch out for the creepy guy sitting by himself, he's probably a damn pre-vert or something"


Coming from someone with the handle "Pants full of macaroni!", I think there may be another reason why they put you out of the way...
 
2013-01-15 10:21:25 AM

bikerbob59: I don't understand why people sit side-by-side at a table or booth.
Sit across from each other people!!


When you sit across you're actually farther away. It's actually harder to have a conversation with my wife if the restaurant is even mildly loud.
 
2013-01-15 10:21:49 AM
I could care less if other folks are uncomfortable if I sit next to my wife when out to dinner. If they are uncomfortable it is their issue for being uptight and not my issue for being a romantic husband.

Now, if she decided to give me a blowjob under the table... ...well, I could see how that could cross the line.
 
2013-01-15 10:24:07 AM
What's next? Being disgusted by holding hands?


Table? Share a corner or a side. Booth? Opposite sides.
 
2013-01-15 10:24:10 AM
I couldnt give a shiat what the restaurant patrons are thinking to begin with, most people are stupid. My level of comfort is much more important to me than perceived negative thoughts from random people in public.

/Also, sitting next to your date is much more personal/intimate and allows for greater ease of touch
 
2013-01-15 10:24:26 AM
I'm only a Same-sider if the four-top has a cushioned bench on one side and chairs on the other. Why should I have to sit in an uncomfortable wooden chair when there's a perfectly cromulent seat on the other side?
 
2013-01-15 10:24:31 AM
Most of you haven't read the actual article (or don't understand the "server-speak"). They aren't saying people that sit side-by-side in a booth or a table are creepy. They're saying that people that sit side by side on a "2-top" are creepy, and as a former server, I kind of agree.

a "2-top" is a small table or end booth that is designed to hold 2 guests, generally across from each other.
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People that take the chair around and squeeze both people on the same side of these are creepy, and generally a pain, cause they bleed into the aisles and affect the ability of servers and other patrons to get around.
 
2013-01-15 10:25:04 AM
Since they never understand when I say I want our backs to a wall, we sit across. That way I can watch her back and she can watch mine.

/Also, I try to let her walk in front of me so I can watch her back. But that's different.
 
2013-01-15 10:25:13 AM
I like the stinky finger before I eat.
 
2013-01-15 10:25:34 AM
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Some people like to unnecessarily get into other people's business.
 
2013-01-15 10:25:48 AM

ReapTheChaos: What if we sit on opposite sides but when she "accidentally" drops her fork under the table she give me a blowie while shes down there. Is that ok?


Perfectly acceptable if there are table cloths...wouldn't want the kids at the next table to get too much of an education
 
2013-01-15 10:26:23 AM

bikerbob59: I don't understand why people sit side-by-side at a table or booth.
Sit across from each other people!!


We both wanted to watch the game?
 
2013-01-15 10:26:52 AM

bikerbob59: I don't understand why people sit side-by-side at a table or booth.
Sit across from each other people!!


some restaurants have loud music or loud people. on the occasion that I sit next to my wife at a booth, it's because we can't hear each other and I'll be damned before i raise my voice for other people. i have no interest in joining the decline of humanity (which is loud noise).
 
2013-01-15 10:28:15 AM
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2013-01-15 10:29:10 AM

Deneb81: bikerbob59: I don't understand why people sit side-by-side at a table or booth.
Sit across from each other people!!

We both wanted to watch the game?


That's why they have a bar.
 
2013-01-15 10:29:19 AM

Egoy3k: Who in the hell thinks this is a problem? Me and my wife went out to brunch on Sunday and sat at adjoining sides of a square table meant for four rather than across from each other.


For brunch? That's just weird, man .
 
2013-01-15 10:29:20 AM

Beeblebrox: When you sit across you're actually farther away. It's actually harder to have a conversation with my wife if the restaurant is even mildly loud.


Absolutely! That's why I always sit next to your wife when we go out to dinner.
 
2013-01-15 10:29:34 AM

Pants full of macaroni!!: Does this also explain why, when I go to eat at a restaurant Alone, they always try to seat me so that I have less of a view of the place?

/"watch out for the creepy guy sitting by himself, he's probably a damn pre-vert or something"


Nah, it is just the smallest tables usually have the most restricted view. It is easy to cram a small table for one into a corner, behind a post, or out of the main traffic area.
 
2013-01-15 10:30:30 AM

eas81: Deneb81: bikerbob59: I don't understand why people sit side-by-side at a table or booth.
Sit across from each other people!!

We both wanted to watch the game?

That's why they have a bar.


The wife and I watch UFC PPV at our local bar and have to sit side-by-side at the table to see the TV.
 
2013-01-15 10:30:42 AM
My parents sit side by side all the time.  Of course they are also splitting a meal, so this probably freaks people out, too.  They do this whole order one appetizer/salad/soup, one main course, and two glasses of wine thing.
 
2013-01-15 10:34:11 AM

JohnCarter: ReapTheChaos: What if we sit on opposite sides but when she "accidentally" drops her fork under the table she give me a blowie while shes down there. Is that ok?

Perfectly acceptable if there are table cloths...wouldn't want the kids at the next table to get too much of an education


With all the porn kids apparently see these days, maybe they can give her advice.
 
2013-01-15 10:35:18 AM
meh, who cares
 
2013-01-15 10:36:44 AM
I prefer to sit across from whomever I am with because it's easier to look at them and converse rather than turning to the side while jockeying for elbow room.
 
2013-01-15 10:36:49 AM

abmoraz: People that take the chair around and squeeze both people on the same side of these are creepy, and generally a pain, cause they bleed into the aisles and affect the ability of servers and other patrons to get around.


I would definitely agree with you on that. I don't remember ever seeing anyone try to sit on the same side of a 2-top, and I would never.
 
2013-01-15 10:37:29 AM
Same-siding are also a good indication that a sit-com is occurring and the same-siders are the stars. That means that all the rest of us are just extras (except maybe the waiter/waitress who might have a few lines). Haven't you noticed that whenever you see same-siders your conversations consist of completely silent lip movements and corny silent laughter?
 
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