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    | Princeton, NJ, USA |

    (I was lifeguarding and jumped in to help a boy who had wandered into deep water. This interaction happened with his mother after I helped the boy out of the water.)

    Mother: *running over* “What happened?!”

    Me: “Everything is OK, ma’am. Your son just went too deep into the water. He should be fine.”

    Mother: “Well, why the h*** did you help him?”

    Me: “Excuse me?”

    Mother: “Why did you have to jump in and help him?”

    Me: “Well, ma’am, it’s my job, and your son was having trouble swimming–”

    Mother: *interrupting* “You idiot! You embarrassed my son in front of everyone! Don’t you think you should have thought about how embarrassing that must have been for a little boy?!”

    Me: “Actually, no I didn’t think about that. I was more concerned about your son drowning than him being embarrassed.”

    Mother: “That’s ridiculous! Why the h*** would you ever be more concerned about THAT?!”