A friend and I were chatting at a local restaurant this evening, having fun getting to know each other, sharing stories, etc. After we’d been there 30 minutes or so a waitress came by to take up our trays, which doesn’t usually happen there. I thought to myself, “How nice of her.” Then another worker actually vacuumed the rug right around our table. I even had to lift up my purse up off the floor. My friend and I joked, “you think they want us to leave?” A minute or two later the manager turned off the lights behind the counter and started rolling out these empty, really noisy racks so that we couldn’t even hear each other. We laughed and said, “They must be closing soon or something, they sure are eager to go home!” A few minutes later the manager came over to us and said, “Well, I’m heading out now.” We looked at each other, gathered our things and headed out the door. As we left we noticed the hours posted on the door said they close at 9:00 pm and it was now 9:45 pm.
We cracked up thinking those workers must have been getting pretty annoyed with us and wondering what our problem was, while we were thinking “what is their deal? They’re making us feel like they don’t want us here.” Well they didn’t – they wanted to go home.
It would have been so much better if that manager would have come over to us and told us closing time was at 9 pm. We would have been glad to go before they closed. Instead he tried all these not so subtle ways to let us know we needed to leave and they weren’t very effective, just kind of confusing and funny.
If you’ve got something to say, don’t beat around the bush, leave hints that often don’t get picked up, or get all stressed out wishing someone knew what you needed or are thinking. Just say it! Talk. Communicate. It makes the world a better place. Take my word for it.