[apologies in advance for the length; I guess I'm not feeling concise today. Sorry.] Question: What is it about rude women and birkins? Must they stereotypically go hand in hand? The following actually occurred just a couple of hours ago, in a crowded coffee shop in Alaska: Woman #1, carrying a 35 ebene birkin with GHW, sits down at a small table by the door. A few seconds later, Woman #2, carrying a 35 black birkin with GHW, sits down at the adjacent table. At each table there are two extra seats remaining. Woman #2 glances at the other birkin and then at Woman #1. An hour passes during which Woman #1 has quietly watched passersby through the window, eaten a goat cheese salad and sipped a latte macchiato, and Woman #2 has had a single espresso while complaining volubly on her mobile phone about other people. The cafe becomes even more crowded, and a disappointed throng collects at the front door by a sign that reads: "Please Seat Yourself". Couple A approaches Woman #2 and the wife takes hold of the back of one of the empty chairs, looking at Woman #2 hopefully. Woman #2 wrenches herself away from her phone and drawls: "You aren't from here, are you?" Wife of Couple A: "Er, why no, as a matter of fact, I'm British." "Yes," says Woman #2, "I can see that you aren't from here, as you don't seem to know the rules. You can't sit here. This is my table, and I'm not finished yet," she says, nodding at her (empty) espresso cup. She leans over conspiratorially to Woman #1 and stage whispers, "Unbelievable when these people don't know the rules, isn't it?" At the same time, Couple B approaches Woman #1's table and asks: "Um, excuse me, is anyone using these chairs? Would you mind if we sit here? It's just that the place is so full--" "Yes, of course!" says Woman #1, gesturing to each chair. "Please feel free. I'm nearly through anyway, and you can have the whole table to yourselves in a moment." "Thank you so much," says Couple B, "we promise to be quiet." "Oh, don't worry, I don't mind. Do please sit down." Couple B glare disapprovingly at Woman #2. ___________________________________ Which woman would you want your daughters to be? And what exactly about owning a birkin makes some people feel entitled to be rude and condescending to others? *sigh* I just don't get it. And that sort of behavior makes me mad. It's just unacceptable. Shall we all make a pact here and now to stem the tide of rude birkin owners the world over? Okay, it's a status symbol. But at the end of the day, it's only a BAG, and is of no consequence relative to anything. I'd still like to think that there are more birkin girls out there with good manners than without!