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    Category: Bigotry

    This category is dedicated to the bottom rung of humanity at its worst — racists, homophobes, and other bigots — and, occasionally, employees at their finest.

    Teeny Tiny Meets Teenage Whiney

    | USA | At The Checkout, Bigotry, Love/Romance, Rude & Risque, Top

    (There is a young couple in my check-out line, followed by a handful of teenagers. The man is quite a bit taller than the woman, and he’s fairly muscular and intimidating. She’s very small, and unassuming. The teenagers are making a number of snide, extremely explicit comments to her.)

    Teen #1: “D***, baby! You ought to learn how to service more than one man! A pretty little thing like you needs to be trained!”

    (The other two teens high-five each other and laugh.)

    Teen #2: “Yeah, man! With a fine b**** like you, a real man could find some use for that mouth!”

    (She grabs her companion’s arm, and mutters something quiet to him. She then smiles at me as it’s their turn. They put their things on the counter.)

    Me: “Hi there. Did you find everything you needed today?”

    Teen #3: “Hey! B****! Don’t ignore us! Men are talking; you gotta learn some respect!”

    (She smiles at me, but looks slightly annoyed.)

    Woman: “Won’t you excuse me?”

    (She turns around.)

    Man: “Oh, boy.”

    Woman: “If you EVER speak to me like that again, you never WILL become the men you’re arrogant enough to think you’ve already become. If you want to be treated like adults, and respected like adults, you act like adults and show other people respect. I feel sorry for your poor mothers. You are pathetic excuses for human beings. Go bother somebody else; come back when you’re ready to behave yourselves!”

    (The man starts talking to me.)

    Man: “The funny thing is, people think that because I’m physically bigger than she is, they should be afraid of me. Then they see her mad. She’s tiny, but she’s the scary one.”

    Addressed The Race Issue

    | Edmonton, AB, Canada | Bigotry, Technology, Theme Of The Month, Top

    (I work at a technical service call centre. A call is taken by an African-Canadian tech.)

    Tech: “Thank you for calling [name of company]. My name is [name]. How can I help you?”

    Caller: “Oh, thank God they gave me somebody white! The last time I called they expected me to talk to some stupid n*****.”

    (The tech is perfectly calm.)

    Tech: “Sorry about that, sir. How can I help you?”

    (The call proceeds as normal. The tech troubleshoots with the caller, and decides new software is needed. He offers to ship the software.)

    Tech: “Just to make sure, can I reconfirm your address?”

    Caller: “Oh, sure. It’s [full street address].”

    Tech: “Thank you. Oh, and before you go, you ought to know that I’m the biggest, blackest mother-f***** you’ll ever meet in your life, and I know where you live. Good day.”

    A Wee Bit Foreign

    | Brisbane, QLD, Australia | At The Checkout, Bigotry, Theme Of The Month, Top

    (I am Scottish. After serving a Vietnamese family, another customer approaches and leans over the counter to whisper.)

    Customer: “It’s like trying to play a game of ‘Spot the Australian’ in here at the moment. There are so many foreigners around; know what I mean?”

    (Not missing a beat, I lean back over towards the customer and speak in my strongest Scottish accent.)

    Me: “Oh, I know ma’am! The bloody foreigners are everywhere! Jeez, sometimes you can never tell when you’re going to bump into one, hey?”

    Customer: “Oh… oh my… I am so sorry, I didn’t mean…”

    (The customer is very quiet for the remainder of the transaction, before apologising once more and leaving the store in a hurry.)

    Coworker: “You’re a very bad man sometimes dude. I love it.”

    Gender Unawareness Issues

    | RI, USA | Bigotry, Theme Of The Month

    (I’m attempting to pull a heavy hand cart that happens to have a broken wheel. I also have a very rude impatient customer behind me.)

    Customer: “Oh, come on! Is that as fast as you can pull that thing?”

    (I pay little attention to the customer, and I continue to struggle with the truck.)

    Customer: “When did this place start hiring wimpy, weak-a** boys to do this sort of work!?”

    (I continue to ignore the customer as I turn into the aisle I’m assigned to work in. As my luck should have it, the customer is also headed there.)

    Customer: “Figures, it’s a long-haired pretty-boy. Go work at a clothing store you f**! You obviously can’t handle this job.”

    (I turn to face the woman, who almost immediately goes pale at my appearance.)

    Me: “Ma’am, I apologize for moving so slow, but this cart has a broken wheel. I was going about as fast as I could. And as you can see from my name tag, I am not a ‘long-haired pretty-boy’; I’m a young woman.”

    Customer: “Young women shouldn’t work here either!”

    (She hurries off, without getting what she needs from my aisle. That was the first time in six and a half years that a woman told me I shouldn’t be doing my job.)

    A Whole New Meaning To Racing Games

    | Stillwater, OK, USA | Bigotry, Technology, Theme Of The Month, Top

    (I work for a Singapore-based business. We support computer equipment, that often includes a free PC game.)

    Customer: “Do y’all have any games that isn’t about [slur to describe Chinese people] or [slur describing black people]?”

    Coworker: “Um, I’m sorry, what?”

    Customer: “F****** c****’s and n*****’s! All the games I got from your company have those people in them.”

    Coworker: “I’m sorry you’re disappointed in the free games, but I’m going to have ask you to use more respectful language.”

    Customer: “Yeah, I know they make you say that kind of nonsense. You’re going to have to replace these games though. I can’t play a game about those people.”

    Coworker: “Like I said, sir, the games are free. If you’re offended, may I suggest not playing them?”

    (My coworker presses the mute button and talks to the supervisor on duty.)

    Coworker: “Can I disconnect someone for being racist?”

    (The supervisor looks at the picture of my coworker’s very racially diverse family, and then picks up the phone.)

    Supervisor: “Sir, I’m afraid that my c**** and n***** coworkers and I at our c**** company are going to have to ask you to take your racist game needs somewhere else. If you can find a single game anywhere that doesn’t have an Asian or Black person working on it, you are welcome to it. Please don’t call again.” *click*

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