Bragging is a big turn-off, please shut up!

United States
July 9, 2017 7:55am CST
Yesterday we decided to eat at a local place near the lake. We have eaten there a few times and while it is casual and relaxed, at times a little too relaxed. The place is owned and operated by a family - Mom, dad and kids all work there. One daughter is the usual 'server'. She is a talker, and sometimes it gets a little annoying as she continues to talk to us as we eat. Yesterday she wasn't there, so we thought we would enjoy our meal without the chatter, wrong! The mom is the cook and she chatted a while but her chatter was minor. The husband was the problem. He stood about 5 feet from us (we were the only customers) and talked and talked and talked the entire time we were there. He told us they were from VA and wound up in our area because his wife liked the name of the small town they moved to. He doesn't like the town, said people are too snotty, they talk about themselves too much and he doesn't like when people do that. How he described himself: * He was a professional poker player in Atlantic City, won big big money. * He was an big shot for the railroad and worked there many years. * He lived all over the world. * His last home in Virginia had a 7 acre pond. * He bought a very very expensive boat and only used it one time. * His father was a professional bass fisherman, and they traveled all the time. On and on, over and over he told us the same things. We tried to be nice, we smiled and nodded at the appropriate times, but it was not an enjoyable meal at all. Finally we finished eating, paid the bill and left. This restaurant had been closed since the fall for several reasons and just reopened last weekend. I do hope business picks up so that we can go there and he will have other customers to brag to! Photo from Pixabay
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@rusty2rusty (6746)
• Defiance, Ohio
9 Jul
Wow, I wonder if he was lonely or liked to hear himself talk.
4 people like this
• United States
9 Jul
With 5 kids he can't be lonely...he likes to hear himself talk I think.
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• Defiance, Ohio
9 Jul
@AbbyGreenhill It has to be that. Probably dying for some adult conversation.
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• United States
9 Jul
@rusty2rusty i think restaurant owner?s should be friendly ....But there is a limit!
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• United States
9 Jul
Well that would turn me off completely. You go out to eat to enjoy yourself and not listen to the owner chatter on and on about this and that. If you were invited over for a meal then that is a different story. You would expect to have your ear talked off!
2 people like this
• United States
9 Jul
He asked us, "what do you do for fun?" and I said, "I think that's rather personal!" I would not go to his house if he was serving prime rib!
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• United States
9 Jul
@AbbyGreenhill oh that is funny. Poor guy must be quite lonely to ask you personal questions.
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• United States
9 Jul
@ElusiveButterfly LOL - if he doesn't shut up he is going to be much more loney - as people (including us) will stop going there.
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@celticeagle (115058)
• Boise, Idaho
9 Jul
Some people have a nervous talking habit. I have know people like this and it is annoying.
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• United States
10 Jul
But he kept saying he had things to take care of outside....then go already LOL!
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@celticeagle (115058)
• Boise, Idaho
10 Jul
@AbbyGreenhill .....You don't like to converse with people?
• United States
10 Jul
@celticeagle this went on for an hour...He kept talking while! I we ate.i went to eat not listen to his B's.
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• United States
9 Jul
They were excited you came to eat at their restaurant But I sure wouldn't like alll that yapping either.
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• United States
9 Jul
Even if he talked 'normal' it would have been too much talking. I kept quiet and he didn't get the message LOL!
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• United States
10 Jul
@AbbyGreenhill Some don't get the message. Maybe bragging back would give him an idea
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• United States
10 Jul
@infatuatedbby I don't play those game LOL! But I thought about it.
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@LadyDuck (121859)
• Switzerland
9 Jul
You made me laugh and he is the one who doesn't like the town, because people talk about themselves too much. I think that all the customers will never come back, people cannot stand braggers.
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• United States
9 Jul
Agreed, bragging about what you have in general is not acceptable, but what did he gain bragging to us? The other funny part - the town where they live is where we sold property, which we bought because we wanted to live near that town LOL
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@LadyDuck (121859)
• Switzerland
10 Jul
@AbbyGreenhill LOL, when you brag pretending you have more than you really do, sooner or later you will find someone who lived where you pretended you were rich and famous.
@LadyDuck (121859)
• Switzerland
10 Jul
@AbbyGreenhill This is exactly what I thought, sooner or later they are caught with their lies.
@LeaPea2417 (15310)
• Toccoa, Georgia
9 Jul
Wow, that is no fun at all when people do that. My husband and I have known people like that, who brag all the time and wont shut up.
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• United States
9 Jul
If he would have just talked 'normal' about the weather or something it would not have been too bad.
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@LeaPea2417 (15310)
• Toccoa, Georgia
9 Jul
@AbbyGreenhill My husband works with a guy in retail just like you describe. Anytime he helps a customer , he wont stop talking to them. It takes him way longer than it should with the customers.
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• United States
9 Jul
@LeaPea2417 I wonder how many sales he doesn't make by all his talking. I would leave a store like that I'm sure.
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• United States
9 Jul
That probably would have annoyed me too as I certainly would have liked a little chatter but peace while I ate.
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• United States
9 Jul
while waiting for the food it was not too bad, but he should have left when the food arrived.
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• United States
9 Jul
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• United States
9 Jul
@Marilynda1225 We mostly kept our mouths shut....I didn't want to say anything too rude while my food was being cooked LOL!
@Lucky15 (33694)
• Philippines
9 Jul
bragging too much is not okay, "disturbing" my meal time is annoying.
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• United States
9 Jul
Yes it was annoying.
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@Corbin5 (81677)
• United States
9 Jul
Bragging that goes on and one really does get on one's nerves. Usually those with low self-esteem brag to make themselves feel better, I believe.
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• United States
9 Jul
Owning a restaurant with only two customers at dinner time on a Saturday by a very busy lake - I don't think helps his self-esteem LOL
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@amadeo (47974)
• United States
9 Jul
I will stay out.I hate anyone who brag more than my self
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• United States
9 Jul
You can brag about a lot of things and to us it's not bragging!
@Kandae11 (27001)
9 Jul
Maybe their talking drove away the customers.
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• United States
9 Jul
I am not sure if they ever had a lot of customers, they were only open about six months when they closed for winter last year.
@marlina (62176)
• Canada
9 Jul
To tell you the truth, I don't think that I could return to that place.
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• United States
9 Jul
That's what my husband says,, even though he said their pizza is good (and that's a compliment coming from him)
@Susan2015 (18677)
• United States
9 Jul
So he complained about people bragging and then he did it himself!
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• United States
9 Jul
Yes, and we were there an hour which seemed more like 5 hours LOL!
@RubyHawk (21448)
• Atlanta, Georgia
11 Jul
Doesn't it make you want to ask a braggart to just shut up. I hate to be trapped with a braggart
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• United States
11 Jul
I came close to saying something, but held it under my breath!
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@RubyHawk (21448)
• Atlanta, Georgia
13 Jul
@AbbyGreenhill Sometimes it's hard to hold your tongue.
@allen0187 (27590)
• Philippines
10 Jul
Blabber mouth! I wouldn't enjoy my meal as well if that was the case.
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• United States
10 Jul
We were hoping the talkative daughter would show upLOL
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@allen0187 (27590)
• Philippines
10 Jul
@AbbyGreenhill I guess being talkative runs in the family!
@jaboUK (50691)
• United Kingdom
10 Jul
That would be a big turn-off for me too, in fact I don't think I'd be going back there again.
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• United States
10 Jul
Problem is, we don't have many choices of any close by restaurants that serve things I can eat. I can't eat fried foods - or spicy foods - or pork that leaves out lots of places since this area has a ton of BBQ joints servicing ribs and pulled pork.
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@jaboUK (50691)
• United Kingdom
10 Jul
@AbbyGreenhill oh I see - your diet is quite restricted.
• Lakewood, Colorado
9 Jul
Oh dear no I would not tolerate that at all. I would no more let someone stand over me while I am trying to eat than flying in the moon. No matter what they had to say..how annoying.
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• United States
9 Jul
I kept giving him 'looks' that said enough is enough but he didn't pick up on it.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
9 Jul
@AbbyGreenhill He is clueless.
@SIMPLYD (75329)
• Philippines
11 Jul
Oh, my! What a braggart! I wouldn't come back to a restaurant if the owner is like that. Maybe if the foods are something I crave for, I will just buy a take out and will play on my phone to appear busy while waiting for it.
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• United States
11 Jul
I don't care much for take-out since by the time we would get home it would be cold. At least it was hot while he talked and talked .... and talked.
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@PatZAnthony (11805)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
11 Jul
Some people must think they have to entertain while the customers are just trying to enjoy a meal! Hope things have changed there if you go again @AbbyGreenhill
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• United States
11 Jul
It isn't a place we have been often, as they have been closed more than they have been open!
@jstory07 (58207)
• Roseburg, Oregon
10 Jul
I do not think I would go back there. Unless there are more people eating.
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• United States
10 Jul
Hopefully more will find out they are open again and that would keep them to busy to talk LOL