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DEAR ABBY: My husband and I were getting
ready to leave after dinner at a restaurant we’ve
patronized for 15 years. I went to the ladies’ room
and was washing my hands when a waitress I don’t
care for came barging in, got in my face and started
yelling at me. I tried to leave, but she wouldn’t let
me out of the restroom. I asked her several times
to let me out, and she kept telling me no. When she
finally let me go, I told the man in charge what she
My husband called him later, but the manager
believed the waitress, who said that I started it.
Another waitress who calls me her “sister” didn’t
answer the texts I sent her. I am very hurt that she
ignored me. Clearly, she believes the waitress, too.
The restroom encounter left red marks all over

my arm, but the manager didn’t care. The offender
has left town and moved out of state. I’m 74 and was
tempted to go to the police but didn’t. Now I wish I
had pressed charges. Should I have? -- BEATEN UP
DEAR BEATEN UP: There is probably more
to this story than what you have written, but
yes, you should have notified the police. You
were assaulted and falsely imprisoned in that
restroom. Had you contacted the police and
gone to an emergency room about the marks
on your arm, you would have had proof about
what the woman did to you.
DEAR ABBY: My older sister has just been
diagnosed with cervical cancer. The HPV vaccine
might have protected her from it, had it been
available to our generation.
A few of us were out to lunch recently, and when
I asked a younger sister if her granddaughter had
received the vaccine, she went off on me like I
had asked something terrible. Do you think I was
wrong for asking? I have grandkids and would not
be offended if someone asked me that question. -CONCERNED SISTER
the younger sister are close, then I don’t
think your question was offensive. However,
if you are not, because it was asked in front
of friends, she may have interpreted it as an
implication that her granddaughter -- who
is, of course, pure as the driven snow -- is

sexually active, which made her defensive.
DEAR ABBY: My husband of more than 20 years
just purchased plane tickets to India. It’s a 24-hour
trip from the USA. My problem is, he is sitting in
business class, while I’m in economy. We have
plenty of money, but he simply doesn’t want to
spend it. He’s older and has health concerns and
mobility issues.
Am I right to feel hurt and consider his love
of money may be stronger than his love for me?
Or should I be content and happy I’m going to a
beautiful country? -- FEELING LIKE SECOND
DEAR FEELING: Of course you should be
happy that you will be visiting a beautiful
country. Content, not so much. You have a
right to be upset at your penny-pinching
husband for providing less-comfortable
accommodations for you than he has arranged
for himself on that long flight. Upgrade your
seat! You have a right to put your foot down
and make clear that the two of you either sit
together or he’ll be sitting first-class in the
Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also
known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by
her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby
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