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Miss Manners: Where’s that beer been?


DEAR MISS MANNERS: At a casual dining restaurant (a national chain), the waitress bringing several drinks to our table — without a tray, for some reason — had carried my glass of beer under her arm.

Judith Martin 

Yes, under her arm.

I am still at a loss about what to have done. I didn’t want to embarrass the waitress, but I would have liked to have sent the drink back. And what do you say?

“Excuse me, but my drink was under your arm”?

But as the bar was out of sight, I was unsure what she or anyone else would have done to my new drink. Any advice? Since this was a national chain, and training in this area is minimal and not standardized in the U.S., I can unfortunately imagine it happening again.

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