Briefcase on table or chair - what's going on?
So, over the years I've heard a couple of comments from 'The Dark Mark' about the inadvisibility of putting your briefcase on a table or chair. And this has been bugging me for, oh, say 2 years now.
I must own up - I have no idea why this is a bad thing. OK, I understand you don't leave your bag on a desk between you and someone else, nor would you leave your briefcase on the meeting table during a meeting. But I have never seen either of these things happen during my 20 years of work, so my guess is this isn't what The DM is referring to.
But when you arrive at a meeting/interview/clients office/whatever and you've done the introductions, you then need to get your stuff out... and at this point, the bag DOES indeed go onto the desk or nearby chair. Once your stuff is ready, the bag goes somewhere out of the way - it really doesn't matter where, often on the floor by your chair but could be left on a side table or a side chair if they were free. To me, the location of the bag is pretty much a non-issue.
So help me get rid of this bugging concern - what am I missing here? The DM suggests 'bag location' can sometimes be a mistake, so I have I spent 20 years committing a terrible faux-pas by putting my bag on a desk or chair to get my stuff out, or are there perhaps some people who sit in meetings BEHIND their bag on the table in front of them, and I have just never met anyone like this?
I know, this isn't exactly a major global issue of the day. But it's been bugging me and I heard it again on the podcast on the way in this morning and I'd really appreciate some help scratching this itch.
Thanks in advance