‘Rude’ man’s ‘entitled’ food court move sparks fierce etiquette debate: ‘He’s WRONG!!’

A woman was left speechless after a bizarre confrontation in a busy Sydney food court.

Chloe, 29, a CBD worker, often heads to a popular food court to buy lunch.

But this week, she encountered a “rude” man, prompting her to take to TikTok to ask her followers about proper food court etiquette.

Woman went viral for complaining about a man’s etiquette. @chloebaradinsky/TikTok
Woman went viral for complaining about a man’s etiquette. @chloebaradinsky/TikTok

‘I’m sorry, you can’t do that’

“Guys, who is in the wrong here? It is peak lunchtime at the food court, no tables free, absolutely packed,” Chloe shared in her now-viral video.

She recounted how she found an empty seat with a notepad on the table, assuming it was forgotten. She sat down and started eating her lunch, but after about fifteen minutes, a man in his 50s approached, claiming he had “reserved” the seat with his notepad.

“I said, ‘I am sorry you can’t reserve tables’. And he said, ‘Well, I put my notepad here to go and order my food and I have come back and now you are sitting here’ and I go, ‘Yeah it’s a food court’,” she explained.

The woman noted how the food court was “absolutely packed” when the man tried to reserve a seat. tuiphotoengineer – stock.adobe.com
The woman noted how the food court was “absolutely packed” when the man tried to reserve a seat. tuiphotoengineer – stock.adobe.com

Chloe suggested he share the table, but he bluntly refused, saying: “I don’t want to sit with you.”

She eventually told the man to find another seat if he didn’t want to share the table.

“I don’t think he expected anyone to push back, to be honest. I think he just thought I would comply,” Chloe said.

So, is reserving a seat at a busy food court ever okay?

Viewers shared their thoughts

People debated it out in the comments, with most viewers siding with Chloe.

“Agree it would have looked like a forgotten item,” one viewer replied.

Viewers debated on the video with their reactions. @chloebaradinsky/TikTok
Viewers debated on the video with their reactions. @chloebaradinsky/TikTok

“Great job!! I’m glad you didn’t give in,” praised another follower.

“He’s WRONG!! The only way to reserve a table is to get your friend to sit there while you order,” someone else claimed.

But a few sympathised with the man. “In Japan, a notepad totally would’ve counted as a way to ‘keep’ your table. In fact, sometimes when forgotten items/trash are accidentally left on tables, no one sits there just in case,” one person noted.

“I get you thinking it was a forgotten item, but once he said he put it there to reserve, then I would have apologised and moved. If you offered to share the table and he declined, that’s on him,” one user added.

“Sorry, but you are in the wrong. It’s basic common courtesy that if someone leaves their things on a table, you don’t just sit down and claim it as your own,” another concluded.