Hi and welcome to the forum!
I fear that the tables are in fact picture. Can you upload a sample file (see How to attach a document here
)? If not, save the file as .odt, open that new file with an archive manager and check the /pictures sub-folder, you may see the "tables".
AOO 4.1.3 on Xubuntu 16.10, (Yakkety Yak) and on Windows 7 (with winPenPack port).