LETTER: Rudeness so unnecessary

Myself, my elderly mother (who is in a wheelchair), my daughter and granddaughter visited ‘Shades’ café in the centre of the Arndale Centre for coffee at approximately 11am on Saturday.

My mother and granddaughter sat at the table, while myself and my daughter purchased the food. On returning to our table, the elderly woman who was sitting with her friend at the table adjacent to us dropped her walking frame, so I immediately bent down and picked it up and handed it to her.

Instead of thanking me, however, she verbally attacked me in a nasty way, accusing me of throwing it on the floor. I told her I hadn’t knocked it over, I was just picking it up, but she again and again accused me loudly of having knocked it over.

She continued her tirade the whole time we were sitting there. To add to this, my elderly mother and granddaughter told me that when the woman had arrived, she went up to my granddaughter and had sharply asked her if anyone was going to be sitting in the seat next to her, because she wanted prop her fold-up frame between the tables.

So my granddaughter politely said her Mum was going to be sitting there, to which the woman scowled at her and huffed and made a big deal out of having to prop it up against the empty seat next to her instead. How rude and unnecessarily mean. We even started to feel sorry for her friend, who at least had the decency to look embarrassed by her behaviour, as did the people on nearby tables who looked at us sympathetically, as they could see what we were going through!

Susan Miller

Decoy Drive

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