when someone does 'something strange and won't answer you when confronted' I truly wonder if they are 'off' ya know....so give them leeway. sometimes a mental problem is just not obvious like a physical problem that can be seen. hmmmm....crazy tho
I would have said that was our stuff that we left there while we went through the line and that we only brought what we would need and she would have to go get her own silverware. Then take my fork back and wait for her to get up to leave to get a fork and simply take my place back. No big deal. I have actually done that.
I find potluck with strangers to be stressful. People show up and don't contribute but they are always first in line and eat the most. They don't bring anything to eat off and mooch off everyone else. Then when they are done they leave the dishes there for someone else to clean up.
Nope, give me a nice steak and salad on our own campsite and I am a happy woman. People just don't know how to act anymore and i see no reason to subject myself to it if it isn't by gun point.
So we have given all sorts of reasons why and how and who but unless this person happens to be a member of this board and sees this thread and realizes it was her that is being talked about she will never know what she did was incorrect. Maybe if we would calm down and not get mad and maybe talk to the person things like this won't happen as much. If I see someone who is not in line for a bus or ATM or whatever I try to give them the benefit of the doubt but I also try to let them know what they did or doing is wrong. My blood pressure stays down and I can enjoy life. I remember years ago going out of town on vacation and stopping at a store for supplies, well I parked in a handicap spot that was not marked very well, I was approached by a local who then proceeded to explain how I could get a very expensive ticket as the local police were looking for this type of violation. This person had local knowledge that I didn't and was willing to share, they could have said what an idiot and I would have been on the losing end of the deal. Of course I moved my car. All I am saying is why can't we be a little nicer to each other instead of the comments we all say from time to time. Just my 2 Cents.
We had joined a travel club years ago (30+) and went out with the group for our first weekend with them.
When it came time for the Sat. night "Pot Luck" my wife had prepared 2 different items as was requested in their flier.
As everyone was getting their meal my wife brought out for me my Sat. night steak, cooked the way I like it!
There were 2 different people who asked? Why is he having steak and none for us?
We didn't bother getting into it with any of them at the time.
But as we left for home Sunday - that's the last time we went out with this group!!!
I usually love potlucks but I don't enjoy them when I don't know the people.
A campground we frequent has "events" in the fall with potlucks. I especially don't like them while camping, because if sanitation is lax at home, you know it has to be substandard at a campground, even if they're in an RV with full hookup. So all I usually eat at those things is the food I bring to share and anything that appears storebought. If I leave hungry, well, I've got food in the camper.
And yes, every potluck I've been to supplies paper plates and plastic forks.
And oh my, if you're scared of potlucks, consider the "chili cookoff" phenomenon where, after the judging, everybody gets to sample the chili. There are some truly scary dishes masquerading as chili. Consider, with even more chills, the fate of the hapless judge -- often a previous cookoff winner (like me, LOL) who has to taste all those scary chili dishes. Oh my, oh my, I will never do that again.
I used to make big and expensive SPECIAL things - but I eventually found sliced melons from the flea market were easy and cheap. Too bad - people liked my "good stuff" - but I began to feel it wasn't appreciated. Let 'em eat Stouffer's Mac and Cheese!
Stouffer's Mac 'n' Cheese *IS* the good stuff! Let 'em eat generic powdered cheesy mac.
I'll add this... Things like this is partially why I am selling my business. The people are getting worse all the time and I really don't want to put up with them anymore. Things were not like this 20 or more years ago.