Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Society & CultureEtiquette · 7 months ago

what is the correct etiquette when sharing a table with strangers?

Like in the type of place food court shared table restaurants eg Asian. When there are no tables available by self. Do you just sit? Are you expected to have a conversation with your new table friend? If so why would some not talk so much to you, when you ask about their food and them? Do they expect you join in/listen to their conversations when at same table?

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  • G R
    Lv 7
    7 months ago

    First you should ask if you can sit in the open spot assuming they aren't saving for someone. Second nobody expects you to do anything. As to whether or not a conversation is welcome depends on the person. It would be polite, if they and you are alone, to say something pleasant and general and see how they respond. They may or may-not wish for small talk.

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  • Pearl
    Lv 7
    7 months ago

    it probably depends on who youre sitting next to, everyone is different

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  • Anonymous
    7 months ago

    You ask politely if you can sit.

    You do not have to talk, they’re a table buddy not a friend or a date. You mind your business & don’t stare & so do they.

    Talking would be awkward & some may be annoyed or even aggressive at you.

    If they make small talk be polite, but in 2019 that’ll rarely happen.

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  • 7 months ago

    It would be polite to ask them if firstly the seat/seats are free then if they are, ask them if you could sit. You don't have a conversation, unless they initiate one and you don't have to talk unless you want to. If their taking to someone else, don't listen (which is hard) and don't join the conversation. You're strangers sharing a table, that's it.

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