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and you agree, how long are you obligated to wait?
You ask them how long they'll be and adjust your answer according to your situation.
You could have Googled this!
after they pick up their stuff
i asked a stranger to watch my things outside a pub while i went to buy fags. they said no. it turned out I wasnt a terrorist though.
or until you have to leave - whichever is first
how long so far?
explain the issue
go home or get your drink or whatever
leave a note
I need to go get a drink but dont want to renege upon some unwrtitten social contract, it will be especially awkward if I came back to find him there
its the rules.
5 - 10 minutes maybe. You can't be expected to stop what you're doing cos some random asked you to watch their stuff for over half an hour.