Melissa’s Tough Love: Public Primping

I understand that on high humidity days like today, women want to check themselves out in a mirror just to make sure that their hair hasn’t frizzed to the point of no return and to see just how much their face is shining. Totally understandable.

What I DON’T understand is what I witnessed this morning.

I stopped into The Green Bean on my way to work since I didn’t have time to make my own coffee this morning. (late night after seeing the Police at Jones Beach and an early morning meeting) There was only one woman in front of me and after she paid for her breakfast, she started heading towards the door to leave. I placed my order, paid for my coffee and as I went to grab a napkin and sugar on my way out, I noticed that the woman was standing at the high table near the door that has a mirror above it. Before I go on, let me just point out that the Green Bean is TINY. (check out the picture)

Anyway, she had her purse opened up with her make-up bag out on the table and was applying her full face. Come ON lady. Lipstick is one thing, but this went way beyond that. Isn’t there a bathroom where you’re heading to next – and even if there isn’t, don’t you know that it’s not proper etiquette to apply your make-up in public ESPECIALLY where people are trying to eat?? Clearly, the answer to that question is a big fat NO. She didn’t even pause when I gave her my shocked/grossed out look (one other woman that was in there shot her a look too).

I didn’t stick around long enough to see if she was going to pull a hairbrush out of her purse and I didn’t say anything to her either. What’s the point – no sense in ruining my morning cup of coffee on someone I’ll hopefully never see again.

3 Comments so far

  1. Sean (sean) on August 6th, 2008 @ 8:20 pm

    See? This is one of those instances where I think we should all just let go of our inhibitions, and just slap someone right in the grill. I bet she clips her nails on the train, or sucks her teeth at the dinner table, too.

  2. Melissa (nyc_melissa) on August 6th, 2008 @ 9:37 pm

    I’m always surprised at how many times I’ve seen people cut their nails on the subway. I suppose if that’s become so commonplace, someone will end up taking their shoes off and cutting their toenails on the subway at some point… that is, if it hasn’t happened already.

  3. lingu on August 7th, 2008 @ 4:41 am

    nothing serious

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