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A delicate situation (Paris)

Andreea | May 3, 200503:13 PM

A couple of weeks ago, my girlfriend and I had a delightful lunch at a relatively new, high-end, renowned-chef-owned-and-operated spot. The meal started with champagne, progressed to multiple courses, wine, cheese, etc. The food, atmosphere, and service were close to perfect.

Now, the delicate part. Immediately before ordering dessert, I caught a movement out of the corner of my eye, and at second glance, confirmed the sight of a mouse running back and forth along the floor, not six feet from us, against the wall. Now, I recognize that I may have a particularly intense aversion to such creatures. Whatever the case, I was immediately on my feet and out the door. Our server happened to see me get up, and the chef/owner himself came out to see what was wrong. I mimed that I had seen something, but he didn't understand, so I motioned to my girlfriend to come outside. When she went back in and they asked what was wrong, she made a diplomatic mention that perhaps I was sick, paid the bill, and we left.

My questions:
--should I/we have told anyone who worked there what happened, and if so, what would have been the right way to do it? Is there any point in letting them know now, after the fact?
--is this even a big deal? Clearly, Paris is a very old city, and much like NY, LA, SF, and really any big city, I suppose no restaurant, no matter how fancy, is immune. I was just so shocked...

Thanks in advance for any perspective you may have.

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