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Couple’s restaurant quarrel goes international, thanks to Twitter

A young Boston couple’s domestic quarrel in a Burger King restaurant went very public Wednesday after an eavesdropping diner put onto Twitter a blow-by-blow account of their verbal exchange — which was picked up by the British tabloid newspaper, the Daily Mail.

Andy Boyle

I am listening to a marriage disintegrate at a table next to me in this restaurant. Aaron Sorkin couldn’t write this any better,” tweeted diner Andy Boyle, a web developer for the Boston Globe newspaper. “These kids must be 21, tops. His main complaint? She doesn’t clean the dishes when his mom asks her to.”


Boyle periodically sent his Twitter followers photos of the quarrelling couple, one of which which the Daily Mail published — taking eavesdropping to a new level with a not-so-subtle warning to us all. With the advent of the social media, cellphone cameras and the Internet, nobody’s lives are very private any more.

“She is sobbing quite loud. He gets up and walks out. She stays. We all feel quite awkward. Do we console her? No one does anything,” tweeted Boyle.

“He is back. She is telling him she didn’t cheat. He doesn’t believe her. He says he loves her anyway. He sits. We are more calm.

“Another unrelated couple, who has been giving me the ‘can you believe this?’ look, is hugging each other in response to this drama.


“‘Baby,’ he says. ‘I only say these things because I want you to be a better wife.’ The restaurant does not believe him.

“She thinks it is unfair that he gets to play video games and she has to clean when ‘his mother’ tells her. We agree.

“‘If you loved me,’ he says, ‘you would want me to be happy.’ We notice his argument is not swaying her.

“‘I don’t want to hear it!’ she shouts. The tables are turned: She is now accusing him of lying, of what we do not know.

“‘Why did you even marry me?’ he asks. ‘Because I loved you,’ she responds. ‘Loved me?’ We all notice the past tense.

“Apparently they both think the other cheated because of missed phone calls on occasion.


“‘A big lie and a small lie are the same thing,’ he says. ‘And I told you not to lie!’”

At that point, Boyle recorded a audio segmend of the quarrel and posted it on Twitter. He then continued the detailed account:

“‘I am a gentleman,’ he says. She stands up at his audacity and states out the window. Someone’s phone on speaker is blocking their chat.

“‘Go!’ she says. ‘Run away like a scared little boy!’ He continues sitting, eating his fries.

“She has moved to another table, still facing him.

“‘Let’s go outside,’ she says. ‘Why? Let’s do this here. Everyone needs to know what kind of a wife you are.’

“He is now critiquing how she dressed at a party recently. ‘I like dressing like that,’ she says. ‘I get to decide how you dress,’ he says.


“He is now swearing a lot, mentioning something about cutting his hand in the dishwasher (?) and that’s why he shouldn’t clean dishes.

“‘It was only one time!’ he admits. ‘I only did one time, too!’ she says. ‘That doesn’t make us even.’

“‘You want to bring up the slap? I’ll bring up everything. It wasn’t a punch. If it was, I would’ve left,’ he says.”

Boyle tweeted that the argument continued as the husband told his wife if she loved him she would wash the dishes when asked to so he would not have to interrupt his video game playing.

The husband also told his wife he should decide how she dresses, according to the tweets.

After storming out of the Burger King for a second time, Boyle said the couple begrudgingly embraced and left the restaurant.

“‘Their chair is now empty, just like the love in their marriage. With this, I depart,” Boyle concluded.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Casey Archer

    No man is that ridiculous. I mean really, he decides what she wears??? I think that couple was putting on a show and laughed all the way home.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Lulu

    I don’t believe they were putting on a show. I’ve heard even stupider statements made and they were made in all seriousness. Folks are just CRAZEEEEE!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Mary

    Andy Boyle should be ashamed of himself for evesdropping. I hope this couple sues him!!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment MT

    These are the chances you take when you “air your dirty laundry” in public.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment tea

    Darn, Why don’t I get to witness stuff like that!? Maybe it’s good I don’t cause if I was there at the restaurant too, I would have to get up slap him on the back of his head and tell him to grow up!!! TWIT!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Stephanie

    There are classic major “red flags” for domestic violence in that conversation. I am concerned for her emotional and physical safety.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment maria

    thats just solid gold proof that KIDS should not be allowed to marry. their argument was simply two children fighting over who should be more of a spoiled brat.Grow up people!!!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Stephanie

    Maria, this is much more serious than “two children fighting”. This conversation has many of the warning signs for domestic violence and she could be in danger. The blaming her for his actions (“I only do this to….), the public critizing, the controling behavior and the manipulative statements (If you loved me, you would…) just to name a few. I am concerned for her safety.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment CreateAStir

    Divorce Attorneys: Get on your marks!

    It is only a matter of time for these two. And NOTE to this poor, young, foolish wife…Your husband is a sexist idiot. Tell him to get off his ass and get an apartment for the two of you sans his mother!
    Better yet, you are young enough to begin again–dump him while you still have time to find a gentlemen with a brain. DO IT! Do it NOW! Go on, SCOOT!! You won’t be sorry.

  • Lady J

    These two should have not gotten married to begin with. They both sound entirely too young to know what it means to be a husband or wife. Living with his mom??? He’s sitting up playing video games??? Either seek counseling or divorce and do some growing.

    And the comment about the slap, what’s that about? I’m with Stephanie it sounds like there’s some type of domestic violence either going on or in it’s beginning phases. NOT GOOD AT ALL!!!

    While there is humor in this tirade it is sad all the same. They really need help.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment chaz

    “Get A life Andy and stop living vicariously through other people.

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