Took my parents out this evening to a neighborhood "red-sauce" Italian restaurant. The kind of place that's been in business since the 1940s, plays Sinatra on the speakers, and gives you a relish tray to start. The food's okay; more suited to my aged folks.
Soon after we were seated, a couple came in, sat at the booth adjacent to ours, pulled out a portable DVD player that they set on the table, and proceeded to watch South Park. This was a first for me and I was fairly aghast. My father's hearing is weakening and, as a result, he could only hear Cartman's voice, not the rest of us.
I mentioned this to the waitress and she shrugged it off. I noticed other people also made comments, but the offenders were never admonished (they were a couple in their 40s, not kids, and I got the impression they were regulars).
My instinct, since the restaurant staff did nothing to accommodate the more civilized diners, is never to go there again. Is this a new wave of insensitivity? Has this happened to you?