I was in a restaurant yesterday standing at the counter waiting to pay for my meal. As I was waiting for the girl to help me I happened to turn my head to the right to glance around the restaurant for something interesting to look at when I saw this woman put her arm around the man she was sitting next to, point her phone in my direction and heard it make that classic fake camera noise that phones often make when you're taking a picture of someone.
I blinked and my mouth probably fell open in a really attractive way. She glanced up from her phone and looked at me, slightly alarmed, then pretended nothing happened and made herself REALLY SMALL behind the guy she was sitting next to. AS IF I WOULDN'T NOTICE.
Okay, so... what the heck?? Now I'm all paranoid. Strangers are taking pictures of me. I am certain I'm funny-looking now. My picture is out there on the web on some web site where they make fun of people standing in line at restaurants. In fact, I spent an hour this morning looking for blogs where they make fun of people standing in line at restaurants, but couldn't find one.
Or maybe she was doing a social experiment in which she takes pictures of strangers and then makes a note of their reactions. I haven't looked for that kind of web site yet.
I stood there for a moment thinking I should take a picture of her to retaliate, but then I thought what if she was taking a picture of a nice vase behind me? I looked. There wasn't really anything interesting or attractive behind me. Or in front of me. And I don't look particularly interesting or attractive. I mean... well, don't misunderstand -- I don't have self-esteem issues per se, but can honestly say out of a hundred people in a room I'm going to be one of the more boring looking ones in the group if I'm just standing there. In line. In a restaurant. Strangers taking pictures of me. Standing there.
Do you take pictures of strangers in public? What's the etiquette of that? And what's the etiquette if you're the one whose picture gets taken? Is it wrong to throw a glass of water on a woman who just took your picture? What about stabbing her hand with a fork? Is that wrong? Someone help me out here. And if you can't help me out, for heaven's sake, someone loan me a Xanax.