Tolworth mother, Jennifer Parsons, 45, returned home from a shopping trip with her 20-year-old daughter in an unusually chatty mood, after being mistaken for a lesbian couple by the waiter at the Soho café in which they had stopped for coffee.
Initially disturbed at the suggestion that she and her daughter were a couple, Mrs Parsons could only mutter “two lattes, please”, but had sufficiently recovered by the time they had boarded their train at Waterloo to recount the episode at high volume to her daughter, about to start her 3rd year at Manchester University, and still no mention of a boyfriend.
In fact, fellow passengers report that Mrs Parsons seemed to go out of her way to indicate that she had, ‘absolutely nothing against gay or lesbian relationships,’ before going on to say, ‘but wasn’t it funny that the waiter thought we were together? I wonder what made him say that?’
Mrs Parsons then suggested to her increasingly uncomfortable daughter that there 'must be quite a few lesbians up at Uni, I expect, away from home, you know, experimenting,' again emphasizing to her daughter that she had absolutely no problem with it.
Mrs Parsons went on to further embarrass her daughter over dinner by going through the incident again with her husband Dave, even encouraging him to go on the record as not being against lesbians. However, she decided it was better not discuss it with her tennis-partner and lover, Sarah, unless it set her off again about Mrs Parson's 'very brief' fling with a younger women.