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Was Ginsburg fan a pest? Dear Prudence weighs in


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File photo of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
©Kathy Anderson 2012

A diner who interrupted Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at a restaurant is asking Dear Prudence to judge the propriety of those actions.

The diner spotted Ginsburg at a “hip new restaurant” and decided to show the justice a cellphone photo of “some flattering street graffiti art about Justice Ginsburg,” according to the Dear Prudence column published at Slate. The diner waited until Ginsburg was done with her meal then showed her the photo. “She was very pleasant, seemed interested, and the entire exchange took maybe 20 seconds,” the diner reports.

The diner’s husband and others in the group had advised against interrupting Ginsburg, saying it would be rude or annoying. “So, was I just being friendly or was I a pest?” the diner asks, signing the letter “Ginsburg fan.”

Prudence thought it was OK. “I think the short, positive, nonintrusive interaction you describe is fine,” Prudence says.

Hat tip to Above the Law and Josh Blackman’s Blog.

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