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What Would You Do If You Spilled Red Wine on a Stranger?

On Friday night I found myself at a local watering hole with a gal pal. When I returned from the bathroom, my girlfriend quickly warned me not to sit. The woman at the next table over had accidentally spilled her entire glass of red wine all over my chair and sage green Marc Jacobs hoodie! Horrified, I grabbed the waiter and asked for soda water to remove the stains. I glanced at the woman who quickly looked away. I was appalled at her lack of remorse. She barely apologized! I understand that it was a mistake, but I wish she had handled it differently. If I were in her situation, I would have at least gotten up and offered to help.

How about you? What would you do if you spilled red wine on a stranger?


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keiraz keiraz 9 years
she probably didn't know that SHE was the one who spilled it lol
murdock99tx murdock99tx 9 years
Often if you're charming enough, you can offer to pay while also getting asked out by the now-soaked gentleman. I'm just sayin'...
cvandoorn cvandoorn 9 years
I would have confronted that woman! How rude of her. If I did that, i'd apologize, offer to pay for dry cleaning, if she refuses that, then at least part of her meal.
javsmav javsmav 9 years
I would definitely apologize and at least buy her a drink--and some white wine. White wine gets out red wine stains.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Thank God I don't drink red wine. ;)
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I'd exchange information and pay for dry cleaning OR replace the article of clothing if it was completely ruined. How embarrassing! I'd feel terrible.
bellydancinmary bellydancinmary 9 years
What a b**ch! I would probably buy the other person a drink and pay for the dry cleaning, and of course, apologize profusely. It's the least you can do!
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
This may sound a little weird, but I usually have a small bottle of Nature's Miracle (from a travel kit) in my purse because I am a complete klutz and can't go a day without spilling SOMETHING on myself. Following a profuse apology, and if my trusty lifesaver didn't save the day, I would offer to pay the dry cleaning bill. All else failing, I think it is only fair to offer to replace the garment or it's value.
mamaseacat mamaseacat 9 years
Ooh... that hag should've at least apologized! Karma will fix her wagon.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
I would have apologized and pay for part of their meal. Spilling red wine on a Marc Jacobs hoodie is a serious faux pas. I would have been remorseful. That woman has a character flaw. If I were you, I would have gently asked her,"Excuse me, did you notice what you did?" :o
cottonpoots cottonpoots 9 years
I think the woman was more embarrassed than apathetic, but that is absolutely no excuse for a lack of an apology! I'd be steaming pissed :rant:
Naturalla Naturalla 9 years
I would offer to PAY for it--thats happened to me before and i think its soo rude
emalove emalove 9 years
I would feel SO bad and I would apologize profusely. I would also offer her money for dry-cleaning.
juliegal juliegal 9 years
OMG that's horrible...i hope the stain came out...and for the record i would totally offer my sincere apologies for being a klutz and offer to pay for dry cleaning or something! sheesh!
Kate-Marie Kate-Marie 9 years
I would feel so horribly guilty--there's no way I could just ignore the situation! I would definitely offer to pick up the dry-cleaning tab and apologize very sincerely. I know that's how I'd want to be treated if it was MY clothing that was ruined.
indreams8318 indreams8318 9 years
i would pay for the dry cleaning for sure! accidents happen. and white wine works wonders for red wine stains! my aunt has a whole bunch of cheap white wine just for this reason. because red wine+white carpet+two kids can too easily mean spills.
Le-Luxe Le-Luxe 9 years
SO RUDE! I would apologize profusely until it became borderline annoying and offer to dryclean DEFINITLEY.
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 9 years
I would go with the first option. Only I would give her the money for the dry cleaning bill. Because, I wouldn't want a stranger taking my garment to the dry cleaners. Also, I would have helped clean up the mess. This reminds me of a helpful tip. If, you accidentally spill wine on some one's carpet (or your own)...don't touch the wine stain! Get salt, asap...Pour a heaping amount of salt on the wine stain. Then, just vacuum the salt up the nest morning. The salt absorbs the wine.
GrapeBubbleGum GrapeBubbleGum 9 years
They'd have a hard time getting me to stop apologizing! I'd feel horrible and I'd offer to do something to clean the garment. I'd be embarrassed, sure, but everyone does something clumsy every once in awhile, so I'd try and make up for it.
vinnie vinnie 9 years
If they didn't want to take me up on the drycleaning offer I would send over a round of what they were drinking or buy their dessert for them.
ella1978 ella1978 9 years
To quote Stephanie Tanner "HOW RUDE!!!" I would definately have gone out of my way to apologize & offer to replace the garment. What do you have to do to projectile spill wine to the table next to you! And a whole glass at that! For future use though: White wine does remove red wine! And Salt is another genius item. We were having Christmas at our place & my coffee mug slipped out of my hand and splashed all over my BF's cousin's beige velour pants! I was mortified. Quickly we were able to change her into something I had & put the spray and wash on, and put it in the washing machine - no stain left, but when I returned I found coffee all over my light tan microfiber bench! I was told to put salt on it, so I caked it on, probably an 1/8" of an inch thick, let it sit for about an hour or so, wiped it off & the stain was gone! It was pretty awesome, but I think you have to act fast in either case. Sorry to hear about your hoodie, I would have been furious.
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 9 years
Well, that's very rude that she didn't even apologize to you! I mean, accidents happen, but at least fess up to them. I would apologize, and offer to get the garment cleaned. It's the right thing to do.
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 9 years
i would apologize and offer to pay for the cleaning of their clothes--more than likely they would say no worries--but it is polite to offer--and if they declined I'd send them a drink or dessert or something.
brittanybe brittanybe 9 years
A waitress once spilled beer down the back of my shirt and all over my coat and purse. She threw me a quick "oops, sorry" and I didn't even get a free drink. Nothing. Nada. Sorry to hear about your hoodie though. The beer came out. Did the wine?
Eternity Eternity 9 years
I would finish it off with, "And if you think you can come crawling back to me later, FORGET IT!"
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