You are eating alone at a fast food type place, which is very crowded. Strangers walks up to you and asks if you mind sharing the table with them. Do you?
No, I don't mind at all. In fact I might even try to strike up a conversation
I am ok with it, but would really prefer that we ignore each other, eat our meals as if the other person wasn't there
I dislike this idea, but don't want to be rude so I say it is fine, finish eating while feeling uncomfortable
I lie and say the seat is taken, or something similar to deter them from sitting with me
I flee, leaving them the table. I'd rather cut my meal short, or finish my food elsewhere
If sharing was happening, what seating arrangment would you prefer?
Same side of the table - greater physical proximity
Opposite sides of the table - watching each other eat, and many chances to awkwardly catch each other's gazes