I just offered a wealthy, travelling, elderly couple to share my table, at this always crowded cafe. I told them, that at this cafe, there is a culture of sharing tables. (But I suspect that I'm the one that started it) Boy was I surprised to learn that the wife felt that her sandwich was not worth the price. I told her that this sandwich used to be a Dagwood sandwich, and lately is not as good. I asked her: "Would you be willing to file a complaint?" She said yes. We all got the same thing, and even tho' I asked the clerk to make sure not to skimp on the tempeh; the sandwich was not worth the price and they did indeed skimp on the tempeh.
I was also shocked to learn, that from her perspective the grocery store prices were outrageous! I told her what I had learned about the extremely high cost of living here; and that it was officially listed on a website, as a very tough town to make a go of it!
We shared stories, but we never shared names. I hope this culture of sharing tables takes off. The author, Sark , loves to share her restaurant table with strangers too!