Part of my daily routine is having an early morning coffee with my wife at this cute little coffee house near our work. Said coffee house is usually packed so finding a table is a gambit, especially now that it's getting colder out.
This morning I was met with a rather interesting surprise that I felt would fit very well with IPSE.
The coffee place had no empty tables so we ordered and waited at the bar for a table to open up. At a table next to us, sat a couple that had just asked for their bill and noticed us looking at them. They asked if we were waiting for a table and offered to pay at the counter for us to sit.
While were exchanging pleasantries, this woman swoops in and sits at the table.
I was quite surprised, I stopped myself from talking to her but my wife decided to confront her and a heated argument ignited that ultimately caused this woman to leave the table and the coffee place altogether.
After discussing the situation with my wife last night, we both agreed that we could have handled this far better.
How would one approach this situation without the whole thing leading to an argument?