Yesterday, I took the opportunity to catch up for coffee with a couple of female friends. We went to a dog-friendly cafe, as one of my friends had brought her two small terriers with her. We enjoyed one round of coffees and had gone back to the counter and ordered another round. A beautiful day in Geelong, taking in the sunshine and enjoying each others company. Given the relative warmth of the day, the two dogs – on leashes – had crawled under the table and were laying quietly.
Of the four tables along the footpath, we were using one and the other three were vacant. Another group of four people came up and sat on the table immediately next to us. One of the men – a forty-something, overweight man – demanded (yes, demanded) that one of our party move her chair in so he could sit down. One of the inquisitive dogs stood up and walked towards him, as had been the case with everyone else that had walked past. The barrage of abuse that followed defies belief
Rather than saying “Would you mind keeping your dog away”, he let rip with “Control your f***ing dogs”. My friend asked whether he might like to rephrase his request at which point he let fly with a barrage of f-words, c-words and just about every other obscenity you could imagine. He told us that we should have our dogs put down if we weren’t able to keep them locked up in a cage at home like his dogs always were.
What an absolute pig – a completely unprovoked verbal attack. When his female partner asked him to cut it out, he told her to keep quiet, using other words that reflected his obvious intelligence.
I went to the counter and explained what was happening and they apologised and gave us our coffee for free. They then went out to this obnoxious, self-centred, self-important disgrace of a man and took his order for breakfast.
You can imagine how impressed we were that we were effectively pushed out of their cafe by someone lacking even a shred of social intelligence and THEN THEY REWARDED HIM by encouraging him to stay by taking his order.
You will never know how close I came to publishing the name of the cafe in this post – all I will tell you is that I did not review them yesterday but they have been reviewed in the past.
I recognise that his boorish, aggressive and totally unacceptable behaviour was not their fault BUT it is their cafe and they should have acted quickly and decisively to get rid of him – NOT US.
We will not be returning to the cafe ever again – in part, because he may well be there but more so because the cafe proprietors, through their inaction, took his side.
An absolute disgrace on all fronts …