We've all had them. We sat next to the screaming child with the parent that yells at them or across from the couple who doesn't talk the entire meal, but instead seems to listen to your entire conversation. Or maybe it's you who is causing the awkwardness (milk out the nose anyone?). It's never enjoyable but it's made much worse if it happens while trying to celebrate a special occasion.
We were at one of our favorite restaurants (which is one of the finer restaurants in town), sitting in the bar (which is seat yourself), celebrating our anniversary. Without going into too many details, we overheard in its entirety a fight between a couple sitting less than two feet away from us. From start to finish. From "working it out" and "you don't listen to me" to "I think you should leave" and "I don't want you here." It appeared that both parties were inebriated and didn't seem to mind that we could all hear their business. It was so uncomfortable, and much like a train wreck, we could not look (listen) away. But, it wouldn't have mattered if we had. As we tried to enjoy our celebratory dinner together, we couldn't even have an in-depth conversation as it was drowned out by the arguing. We kept hoping they would leave, so we could enjoy our evening in peace, but they were intent on a public feud it would seem.
Something similar to this has actually happened to us at several of our anniversary dinners. It has become an ongoing joke for us and we've given nicknames to the parties who have made our anniversary dinners less romantic and more awkward (For example, there's the "Nuh-Nuh" guy one year who was mad because the restaurant didn't carry his wine). But, while we are able to joke about it, it is really maddening to have our celebration intruded on by folks who don't seem to have good judgement about how to behave in public.
What has been your most awkward dining experience? What awkward dining experience did you cause? What do you do when your fancy, once a year celebratory dinner has been interrupted by adults who are behaving as children?