I don't know where my other post went, hope this isn't a duplicate.
In our hall those who had family to save them a seat sat with their family wherever they sat. Those who didn't and had to come in late sat mid-way to the front. We had exit doors up front too so maybe that's why it was allowed.
I always smiled at df'd ones. I could usually get away with a greeting until they or someone else pointedly told me they were df'd, then I'd act surprised, OH! I didn't know!
One gal I caught out in the parking lot as she was exiting from the rear door. I had to go almost all the way around the building to catch her and introduce myself, "You must be new and we haven't met yet." When she told me she was df'd and wanted to be reinstated I hugged her and welcomed her and then took her back inside to the presiding overseer because she didn't know who he was.
--ps-- I knew already that she was df'd just by how miserable she looked during the meeting and because she was new and no one went up to meet her. In the parking lot they all just passed us by.
When a young man who was df'd showed up with his girlfriend I gave him a huge smile and bounded out of the library to meet his girlfriend on her way to the ladies room.
I thanked those who held doors for me, shared songbooks, bibles, wt's with those who sat near me and didn't have theirs.
So, bravo to those of you who treated them as people, as fellow humans.
Here's one for you: since they can't be prayed for unless they show signs of repentence (true repentence) how do they get to that stage without prayers? No jw can say their prayers got someone back into the trap. It would have to be their rude behavior that got some one back!
Devil's Advocate: ever hear about the speaker who got his tie caught in his zipper when zipping up during his talk? He understood his wife's signal and turned around to zip up, bent over, tie got caught and he couldn't get it loose. Finally he turns back around to the mike and asks for help. Two attendants zip up there to help, so now there are three men with their backs to the audience, all working on this guy's zipper. It won't budge and he can't walk off stage because he's bent over. They had to carry him to the back and cut the tie with scissors. No talk that day folks!!