Man, this reminds me of a personal experience. Not totally the same, but along the same lines.
I was traveling for business and all I had was business casual clothing with me on the trip. The trip was absolute, pure hell. I was treated like garbage at the satellite office I was at, I was working 12-14 hour days, and was under tremendous stress. It was about 7:00 PM one evening, and I had a particularly bad day. I thought "boy, I wonder if there is a KH nearby - it would be nice to see some of the "FRIENDS" LOL!!!
I looked up the hall, and sure enough, it was like 5 minutes from where I was working. So, I run over there, and arrive late at the meeting in my khakis and golf shirt. No one gave me the time of day when I walked in, so I finally seated myself. The meeting was pretty funny as I had no literature and I was bored out of my mind. Someone finally half-heartedly gave me a song book to use.
The best was after the meeting - I felt like I had leprosy. Literally, ONE couple who was about my age came up to me and spoke to me. Before they came up I stood there like a [email protected]$$ waiting to be approached. They were actually very nice and I enjoyed chatting with them. The rest of the congregation gave me smug looks, etc.....Gee, I wonder what an "interested" person off the streets would have thought.
The best part was when I was speaking to the young couple, they asked if I was visiting for the first time at the KH.
I said No, I am an ELDER, was conducting the TMS, Service Overseer at home, etc.......I was just having a lousy day and thought it would be nice to see some friendly faces. I should have stayed at the satellite office, at least I could have watched TV while working and being treated like dirt!!! LOL!!