It’s early in the morning as I write this. I’m feeling like a hypocrite right now.
A few hours ago, I was playing craps with a casual acquaintance. Unbeknownst to me, the acquaintance brought his friends along. We were at one end of the table, while his buddies were at the other end.
I bought in for a reasonable amount and was down. The friends were loud and chatting it up. The rest of the table was in a bad mood because it was running cold. So I told the acquaintance, ‘can you tell your buddies to shut up and play please. G-ddam just shut up and play!’
The acquaintance said, ‘yea my buddy is peacock, he’s a bit loud at times.’
The acquaintance got his buddies to shut up.
The table goes on a mild run, not too hot, but enough where my acquaintance buddy cashes out after getting back some of his money.
The loud friends are still on the other end and then the table goes on a tear. I’m now up big and I cash out. End of story…
So I meet the acquaintance and his buddies, one of whom was Mr. Peacock, at at 3 Card Poker game. I’m up big now, and the guys are asking me what happened. It’s simple: I caught a massive tear.
We’re all having a good time, chatting up up, talking about life. Mr. Peacock is a pretty funny guy and all around good dude. He talks a lot. I’m on my third Belvedere Martini, so I’m talking a lot, too. We’re all really loud.
There is this other guy – call him Other Guy – at the 3 Card Poker table. Other guy is not part of our group and he’s down big.
Now he lashes out at us and tells us to stop talking and play. He says we are ruining the pace of the game and that he was doing okay before we all arrived.
In my drunken stupor, I tell him, ‘look, we’re at a casino to have fun, chill out.’
The guy argues with me, but as he’s talking, I just realized that about an hour ago, I had shushed someone else for the exact same thing. We don’t exactly shut up, but we all cool it off by a few decibels.
I’m sure that I’m a hypocrite in this case. I’m not sure if I’m the asshole, although I may very well be.
What do you guys and gals think? Was I in the wrong?
Is it ever ok to shush someone in a casino?
Don’t hold back.