I've noticed a disturbing trend here in Boston recently and I hope that my fellow compatriots would be able to chime in.
Three times in the past two weeks I've been eating at the bar and asked to move down a seat to make room for a couple. Twice I was by myself, another time with a DC, once asked by the staff and the other two by the couple that wanted to sit.
Is this not totally inappropriate and down-right rude? Even if I was only having a drink I would be a little put-out but when I'm actually eating a meal? What happened to couples getting tables? I've not noticed this in other cities or remember it from past history. These were fairly nice places, (Chez Henri for one) and while I have offered to slide down before I have not once been requested to do so before lately. Am I overreacting or do I have more than a right to say "no, sorry" and not be dick because of it?