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to have called a stranger a prat?

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MinnieMoose2014 Sun 02-Feb-14 23:38:56

I took my toddler swimming today. Afterwards we went to the cafe and put our bags down at a table and dd played with some toys while I looked at the menu. It is a place where you can't order food unless you have a table number so we left swim bag there/coats on chairs/toys on table and went to the till to order. When we returned a woman was sitting at our table and had removed all our belongings to a nearby shelf. The conversation went like this:
Me: Excuse me, we were sitting here.
Her: Were, perhaps. Now I am.
Me: I have just ordered food to come to this table and there are no others suitable for a highchair.
Her: (shrugs) Like you say, there are other tables so off you go. You weren't sitting here so I chose to.
Me: You cannot order food here without a table number and I cannot be in two places at once.
Her: Not really my problem is it, love.

At which point I retrieved our belongings and sat myself and dd down.

Her: What do you think you're doing?!
Me: Sitting at our table waiting for our lunch.
Her: But my husband and son are sitting there!
Me: Were, perhaps. Now we are.
Her: But they're expecting me to be here.
Me: Not really my problem is it, love.

She gets up huffily removing her belongings and mutters that maybe I'll be less cranky when dd is older and I get more sleep (!) and I replied: perhaps. Shame you'll still be a prat!

My sister was meeting us there after lunch and saw the woman scowling at me so I explained what'd been said. She was blushing on my behalf and said I should've just moved and can't go round calling strangers prats. Wibu?

phoolani Sun 02-Feb-14 23:41:27

Ha ha ha! Brilliant response! I would've given you a high five had I witnessed such fabulous word sword play!

LMH20 Sun 02-Feb-14 23:42:52

You were there first nice to see someone in this world stand up for themselves for once people like her think they own the world i would have said worse that prat lol a well handled and smartly handled situation ;)

LessMissAbs Sun 02-Feb-14 23:43:15

YANBU. Would she also have eaten your lunch once it had been delivered to the table?!

ScrabbleBabble Sun 02-Feb-14 23:43:16

You did perfect OP grin

RandyRudolf Sun 02-Feb-14 23:43:38

You were far more restrained than I could ever be. Well done OP. The woman was a prize prat.

Alambil Sun 02-Feb-14 23:43:57

brilliant! definitely NBU!

can't wait to see what the first 'yabu' is. you weren't, btw.

ephemeralfairy Sun 02-Feb-14 23:45:29

On Friday morning I shouted 'you cunt!' at a cyclist who ran a red light on a pedestrian crossing. I think you were most restrained...!

RandyRudolf Sun 02-Feb-14 23:46:05

YABU for not telling her to fuck of to the far side of fuck...grin.

aquashiv Sun 02-Feb-14 23:46:25

Brilliant you didn't need the prat but with those lines you could have got away with sticking your finger on your nose and waggling it

HeartShapedBox Sun 02-Feb-14 23:46:58


she was. I probably
definitely would have used a much stronger word than "prat".

humha Sun 02-Feb-14 23:47:42

I'd like to shake your hand. When you're on your own with children places like this are a nightmare.

She was awful. Well done for standing up to her.

StrawberryTartYum Sun 02-Feb-14 23:47:56

YANBU wow though am jealous I couldnt do that I would move like a wimp. She was rude first!

TwoAndTwoEqualsChaos Sun 02-Feb-14 23:48:35

Reminds me of the Winston Churchill/Nancy Astor annecdote ....

ToootSweet Sun 02-Feb-14 23:49:35


2Retts Sun 02-Feb-14 23:51:46

YABVU! How will this woman ever learn when 'prat' is the worst she is accused of being in the face of such obnoxious behaviour?

Seriously though, well done for showing such exceptional constraint

AnyFuleKno Sun 02-Feb-14 23:52:20

bravo hearty applause

2Retts Sun 02-Feb-14 23:52:36

One of my favourites of all time too TwoAndTwo

BrianTheMole Sun 02-Feb-14 23:55:22


HMG83 Mon 03-Feb-14 00:03:48

Haha brilliant!!!!!

What a silly bint! Pratface, not you OP.

BustedRussian Mon 03-Feb-14 00:16:25

I love you.

tallwivglasses Mon 03-Feb-14 00:20:14

Impressive. Do you run classes? Put me down for a place smile

falulahthecat Mon 03-Feb-14 00:24:36

You can't go around calling strangers prats? How about that woman can't go around stealing tables she knows are obviously taken by mothers with young kids?

I would've done exactly what you did, only not been so polite about it ;p

CouthyMow Mon 03-Feb-14 01:02:25

Pure Class, OP! I would have done the same thing.

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