I was at a small movie theater with my daughter the other day to see Oz (loved it!). It was a surprisingly crowded theater, and we arrived exactly when the movie was supposed to start.
Anyway, after circling the theater, I was appalled that there were actually no double seats free, only singles left. I was starting to wonder if we'd have to leave and get a refund, but then I saw a group of four women together, with a single seat on their right, and a single seat on their left.
"Excuse me," I said, and I pointed to the two seats. "Are these seats free?"
"Yes," one of the women said. "Do you want them?"
"Well," I said, "I was wondering if you might be willing to scooch over so that I could sit with my daughter? She's only six."
The woman glared at me like I just asked her for her firstborn. "Well, we could. But it's a hassle."
I didn't know what to say. I mean, did she really expect a six-year-old to sit alone through a two hour movie? "I just want to sit with my daughter," I finally said.
She didn't answer right away, so I just stood there. Then she snapped at me, "Okay! I said, just a minute!"
(She had not said that.)
Instead of scooching, they got one woman at the end of the row to move three seats over. And I was allowed to sit with my child during the movie.
I mean, was it SO wrong of me to ask that? I know it's a huge hassle to have to move one seat to your left, but seriously, we're living in a society here. I don't think it's too much to ask.