It is interesting how easy it is to trust a stranger with a little face to face interaction and a question.
I have always wondered at this process.
There you are in a coffee shop, and you have your laptop, phone, and camera out, Your jacket is on the back of your chair with your wallet in it, and your purse or backpack sits next to you. There is a person next to you that you have made eye contact with a couple of times. You really need to use the restroom, but you don't want to pack up everything, take it with you and unpack it again. You decide this will be easier and you think the person seems trustworthy. Out it comes. "Will you be here for a bit? Can you watch my stuff?"
As if that question negates any possibility of the person being a thief. They could literally grab everything you have and split before you get out. Some people just don't care.
Why does this interaction put us more at ease than just getting up and going to the restroom without saying anything? Do we feel that a bit of eye and vocal contact will bring them enough empathy for us that they will protect our stuff? After all, we all get into this situation, at one time or another and we all do it.
My experience has always been good, but I wonder, have any of you had this go bad? If so, would you tell me your story in the comments?