From Redditor u/aboxofquackers:
All of my experiences were very open and very awkward.
Approached two weekly regulars (man and woman) who came in with another couple. Before I greeted them, the regular guy speaks up. He tells me he has to explain something.
“I have to explain something,” he says.
He motions to the woman sitting across from him, who is not the woman he is normally with.
“This is my wife.”
He motions to the women sitting next to him, who is the woman he is always with.
“This is the woman I’ve been having an affair with.”
I greet the woman he’s been having an affair with, and apologize to the man’s wife. She laughs, but it isn’t unkind.
“This is the man my wife has been sleeping with, who is the husband of the woman I’ve been having an affair with.”
My eyes dart around the table. I take a wine list from my apron and hand it to the wife.
“You’ll be needing the drink list then.”
Table erupts into laughter.
I have so many more. Guessing family dynamics. Over pouring for first dates. Men apologizing for flirting with me in front of their partners. People trapping me in conversation for a few minutes. The guy who was on a first date who insisted he saw me on Tinder (I wasn’t) and we had gone in a date (we hadn’t) before. The four top who came in and the wife had something to say about everything the husband ordered, and how my manager and I got her back. The sophisticated ladies who wanted my number to give to their sons. It was a super fancy but relaxed place. People dropped $400 between a two top with no hesitation. Get rich ladies a little juiced up and flirt with them and you’re good to go! I miss it!!