DEAR MISS MANNERS: I’m a fan of a sports team whose fans are known for wearing headgear in the shape of a wedge of cheese. I’m fortunate enough to attend one game a year, where I’m far from the only fan wearing this accoutrement, or similar gear.
This year, the woman seated behind me immediately complained, in a loud and insulting manner, that I was blocking her view. She insisted I had no right to wear the offending chapeau, and when I politely declined to remove it, she threatened to call security to have me ejected for disruptive behavior.
I solved the problem by offering to switch seats with her. Her friends, who were seated next to her, thanked me and apologized for her behavior. I’m reminded of the classic rule for ladies to remove their hats when in a theater, but wouldn’t a sports event, where the team encourages the practice, have a different sensitivity?
GENTLE READER: Where, oh where, does one wear a cheese wedge hat, if not at a Wisconsin sporting event?
Miss Manners suggests that the issue here, as you discovered, is not one of etiquette, but is more practical: that all paying viewers be allowed a reasonable chance to see the event they are attending. Clearly, this is the infraction to which the woman objected, albeit rudely. A quick scan of sight lines before being seated would seemingly solve the problem. Or perhaps Wisconsin fans should consider headwear in a Swiss, or a nice spreadable, so that other patrons can more easily see through it.