So today I'm getting up from a particularly animated lunch with a few female co-workers after a very satisfying lunch at Niko-Niko's (I live for Greek food some days), when I am surprised by a gentleman who asks if we are done with our meal. I look at him concerned, wondering if we were supposed to bus our own table - I had been under the impression that we could leave our plates on the table like other patrons had done. I look at him confused, and say "yes" as I hesitate, misunderstanding the situation, and move back towards the table. He responds "Oh OK, I was just making sure because I was wanting to have some." The man then promptly walks around the table, surveying our leftovers, and takes a plate of uneaten roasted potatoes and the remainder of my gyros plate and starts to eat from them. I was already in a hurry since, as usual, I was half an hour late to return to the office, and I was confused on whether this was appropriate behavior. Maybe I should have had the leftovers boxed for the gentlemen to take else where so he could eat it without the remnants of 4 plates in front of him in the restaurant?
This scene has both puzzled me and saddened me for the rest of this afternoon. I keep wondering how I was supposed to react in that situation - hopefully next time with more compassion. I mean, it is the Christmas season and all, right? Bah Humbug.