I was at dinner the other night and fellow patrons were saying the rudest things about my friends and I. I confronted them about this as we were leaving, and felt all the worse for doing so. What should I have done? -- David in Delaware
A tough situation -- in order to solve a problem, your instinct tells you to confront it head-on. However, you cannot change the attitudes or maturity levels of strangers.
If these people have nothing better to do at dinner than make fun of others, take pity on their sorry lives. Ignore them. And move on, enjoying your life (in which your enjoyment does not come at the expense of others).
P.S. -- If this happens again, simply ask the waiter to reseat you far away from the rude diners.
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