Yesterday a friend and I decided to head out for some chow to one of our favorite west LA sushi joints. The name isn't important in this little story. The place isn't huge, about a dozen tables and maybe 15 seats at the sushi bar. Anyway, about half way through the meal two ladies sat down at the bar next to us. We were immediately overcome by the smell of perfume. It was as if the person wearing it had applied it with a hose. The people sitting next to them on the other side immediately shifted two seats away. We had no room to flee. The smell was so strong that I found myself coughing, almost choking for air. I had to get up and walk outside for a few minutes. I thought maybe I was being too sensitive, but when I returned my friend insisted that odor was simply too much. We abandoned what remained of our meal, paid the bill and left. We encountered a couple of fellow diners outside in the parking lot. They too had just abandoned their meal because of the smell.
What should I have done?
I felt as if I had just been assualted and robbed of my meal by the person wearing the perfume. Even so, I just couldn't see humiliating either of these ladies by speaking out. I couldn't invision any scenario that would end well by doing that. I felt like a coward. I should have said or done SOMETHING... but what?
All opinions welcome.