What should this man have done?

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The other night I was at a local restaurant, and there was a couple sitting next to us.  The guy was a big man — not all muscular, just big — and he was wearing a floral shirt.  (No, it wasn’t the infamous Mango-Man, though it sounds like him and he lives in these here parts.)  Anyway, the waitress said she really liked his flowered shirt.  I felt somewhat embarrassed for him, but then I wondered how he should respond.  He simply said, “Thank you.”  But I wonder what he really wanted to say…

What should he have said and/or done?

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4 responses »

  1. The guy could’ve said, “My wife picked this out for me.” But he didn’t, because it might’ve led to an exchange like this:

    Wife: I thought you liked that shirt. It goes well with your complexion.

    Husband: What? I didn’t say anything about the shirt.

    Wife: I can tell you don’t like it because of how you said that. Why do you not like the shirt?

    Husband: There’s nothing wrong with it!

    Wife: Okay, whatever.

    Husband: What’s wrong?

    Wife: Nothing.

    Husband: Is something bothering you?

    Wife: I’m fine.

    [repeat ad nauseam]

  2. Husband: Are you sure?

    Wife: (crying). You are not honest with me.

    Husband: I am honest.

    Wife: Then why didn’t you say you bought the shirt?

    Husband: Because I wanted to give you credit for making me look good. You see she was checking me out.

    Wife: So you like her checking you out?

    Husband: rather it be her than that guy staring at me next to us. He is kinda making me feel uncomfortable. Like he is trying to figure something out.

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