DEAR MISS MANNERS: At an informal eating restaurant (a nationwide chain), the waitress bringing a number of drinks to our desk — with out a tray, for some cause — had carried my glass of beer underneath her arm.

Judith Martin 
The Red Tea Detox

Sure, underneath her arm.

I’m nonetheless at a loss about what to have performed. I didn’t wish to embarrass the waitress, however I’d have preferred to have despatched the drink again. And what do you say?

“Excuse me, however my drink was underneath your arm”?

However because the bar was out of sight, I used to be not sure what she or anybody else would have performed to my new drink. Any recommendation? Since this was a nationwide chain, and coaching on this space is minimal and never standardized within the U.S., I can sadly think about it occurring once more.

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