Would you escalate this?
As many of you know, I live in a very small town. Forget six degrees of separation, it's more like one or two.
I was in Starbucks yesterday. Anyone who has been in this particular store knows that everyone in the dining area can hear most of the surrounding conversations.
Two young men sat next to me and I quickly realized that the were youth pastors for the largest church in town. They talked about work for a while and then they started some mild gossiping about high school kids that I know that are working at the church this summer. The gossiping quickly turned to very confidential matters and I was completely mortified by what I was hearing.
I went to their table (which was about two feet away) and quietly as possible said that I could hear everything they were saying and I knew the kids that they were discussing. They mumbled an apology, lowered their voices and started talking about other things.
Do you think they were sufficiently chastised by my intervention or should I make a call to the senior pastor at the church?