Mexican restaurant known for good food and service, two people dining together (surrounded by a host of others, as this place is nearly always full). I first choose a soft drink for my beverage and when that is gone, I request water. They do not remove the first glass.
Firstly, the waiter comes by the table and asks if I want a refill on the Dr. Pepper. I reply, with a smile........ no, thanks, I'm drinking water now.
Secondly, the bus boy comes by the table and asks if I want a refill on the soda. I reply no, thanks...... I'm drinking water now.
Thirdly: another waiter comes by the table and asks if I want another soft drink. I reply no, thank you.....I only want water now.
Fourthly: the Maitre d' asks if I want a refill. I reply, no gracias, pero agua frio, por favor....with a smile. (my Espanol is very limited)
Fifthly: Our waiter asks once again if I need a new soda. I start to answer no (still smiling) and my dinner companion loses composure. This person tells the waiter, in a rather loud voice, "No, she doesn't want any more soda - now quit asking her if she wants it and take the glass away.
Since none of those servers knew that anyone else had asked about the drink, I was astounded at this person's impatience and anger. I told this person that I would think he/she would be happy that the restaurant personnel (even those who had no responsibility for our table) were aware enough to notice I might need a beverage, and that he/she should have kept his/her mouth shut - since it was my drink and my problem.
I realize if they had taken the empty glass away, there would have been no question about it. Do you agree that my companion should have kept quiet? What would you have done or said? Would you have turned beet red, as I no doubt did?
Because someone is sure to ask: I ate 2 shredded chicken chimichangas, with refried beans and a wonderful white melted cheese, and a lettuce and tomato garnish. I do not eat sour cream, and guacamole does not agree with me, so I left those off. In spite of everything else that happened, I did enjoy the meal. It is one of my favorites.