Etiquette — and Elvis

Etiquette rules have loosened up considerably since the days when women had to make sure they had a pair of white gloves handy when they went out, but good behaviour never goes out of style. I thought, anyway. Recently Younger Daughter and I were at a popular local lunch spot in Florence, Alabama, and put our purses on a table to save it while we stood in line to order — only to find our table stolen and the thieves brazenly offering to let us sit there if we wanted. Uh, ‘scuse me??? We declined to share and plotted revenge all through our salads — spilling water and dropping plates of food figured prominently. Arrrggghhhh! Then later that afternoon, I posted about it on Facebook and got tons of responses and advice, plus the suggestion to write my next newspaper column about it. So I did:

Also, happy 75th birthday, Elvis! If anybody needs something to do this weekend, go to Tupelo, Mississippi, and pay homage to the king at his birthplace — And there’s a party going on at

4 thoughts on “Etiquette — and Elvis

  1. Well I do not carry a purse..which would pose a problem. I have used my coat on occasion to save a table..without a problem. If someone had the audacity to sit in my chair..I am sure I would have whipped my coat away..and proceeded to bitch and moan to everyone in the must be a real lady! 🙂

  2. You’re lucky you only lost the table and not your purse too. In the New York area, you would never leave your purse unattended.

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