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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.

    Honesty Is The Sweetest Policy

    | Robeline, LA, USA | Awesome Customers, Bigotry, Criminal/Illegal, Family & Kids, Language & Words, Top

    (An Hispanic woman and her son, who is about six, come into the store. The mother gets the little boy a soda and he grabs a candy bar. Note: they are standing in the middle of our candy aisle, which I don’t have a completely clear view of.)

    Little Boy: “Mama, can I have this? I’ve been good!”

    Mother: *in English* “No, put it back. I don’t have the money for it and the soda.” *in Spanish* “Just put it in your pocket. She will never know.”

    Little Boy: “No!”

    Mother: *in Spanish* “That stupid b**** will never know! She can’t see you from there!”

    Me: “Excuse me, ma’am?”

    Mother: *innocently smiles* “Yes?”

    Me: *in Spanish* “The stupid b**** speaks Spanish.” *in English* “So, if you’re smart, you’ll either put the candy bar on the counter with the soda, or put it back. It’s your choice.”

    (The mother puts the candy bar back, pays for the drink, and then walked out. The little boy lags behind and approaches the counter by himself.)

    Little Boy: *shakes his head* “I don’t know why mama thinks white people don’t know Spanish.” *whispers* “That’s racist!” *normal volume* “Don’t worry, when we get home Daddy and I will put Mama in time-out for being bad and saying a dirty word!”

    (The kid made my day, so I bought him the candy bar for being honest and so adorable!)

    Better Bean Nice In Bean Town

    | Boston, MA, USA | Awesome Customers, Bigotry, Food & Drink, Top

    (I am in line at a fast food burrito place in Boston. A rude customer is ordering his burrito and asks for medium salsa, but changes his mind and then blames his mistake on the employee making his order. Note: everyone working here happens to be of some sort of Hispanic background.)

    Rude Customer: “You f***ing idiot! I didn’t order that! I asked for mild! Can you understand any english?! Mild! M-I-L-D! ”

    Employee: “I am very sorry, sir. I will make your order again. Just one minute. ”

    Rude Customer: “Yeah! You are going to make it again! Do you think maybe this time you could get it right you d*** wetback!”

    (The rude customer continues to rant, spouting off various racial slurs. In the middle of his rant, the female customer directly behind him decides she has heard enough and lets him have an earful. Note that the female customer is half the rude customer’s size and about 15 years younger than him.)

    Young Female Customer: “Okay, I don’t really know what your problem is. First of all, just for the record, you were the one who made the mistake. I saw you and heard you. Second, he just said he would make you a new one. Its a burrito. Just chill out. I don’t know who raised you, but where I come from people tend to be brought up to show a little more respect. Instead of being mad right now, I would be embarrassed at my poor behavior if I were in your shoes. My younger brothers have better manners than you. Get a grip! You didn’t have to be so rude. He would have offered to remake it for you without the temper tantrum. Just get your food, and leave this guy alone.” *smiles at the employee behind the counter*

    Rude Customer: “Mind your own business!”

    (The rude customer gets in her face and calls her all sorts of names. When she ignores him, he gets angrier and looks like he might push her. Before he can, however, a cop directly in line behind me speaks up.)

    Cop: “Hey buddy! If I see you get any closer to her or raise your voice to her one more time, I’ll kick your punk a** right out of here, with or without your d*** burrito! Cool it! Now!”

    Rude Customer: “I’d like to see you try! You can’t do that!”

    (The cop takes a few steps forward, gets in the jerk’s face, and in a thick Boston accent says…)

    Cop: “You just f***in’ watch me.”

    (The jerk shuts up, pays for his stuff and practically runs out. The cop takes his place in line and bought that young female customer her burrito. This was like straight out of a movie or something!)

    The Child After The Storm

    | Canada | Awesome Customers, Bigotry, Family & Kids, Top, Transportation

    (A bunch of young men are talking loudly in the bus and using a lot of expletives. They’re also with a female passenger who is apparently their friend and is black.)

    Young Male Passenger #1: “Yeah, she’s such a f***ing b****.”

    Young Male Passenger #2: “Because she’s a black c***!”

    Young Female Passenger: “What?!”

    Young Male Passenger #1: “Yeah!”

    Young Male Passenger #2: “You black c***s can be f***ing—”

    (At this moment, a boy of around age 7 gets on the bus. Hearing the rude conversation, the child immediately makes his way to the back of the bus and stands right in the middle of this group, as if challenging them to continue talking.)

    Loud group: *stays completely silent for 5 seconds*

    Young Male Passenger #1: “…Okay, never mind.”

    Young Male Passenger #2: “Um… I meant… you black ladies are… pretty crazy. Yeah. Pretty crazy at times.”

    (They stopped using offensive language after that, at least until the young boy’s parents called him back to sit with them!)

    Dim Witted And Off The Deep End, Part 7

    | UK | Bigotry, Bizarre

    (I have just finished swimming at a public pool and am going to get changed. A woman in her early 40s is standing near my locker. I am wearing speedos, but I am 16 and slim so it doesn’t usually bother people.)

    Woman: “You shouldn’t be wearing those.”

    Me: “Sorry?”

    (She approaches me and points at my speedos.)

    Woman: “You shouldn’t wear those trunks. They’re what gay people wear!”

    Me: *speechless*

    Woman: “Are you gay?”

    Me: “No, I’m not. I just find them comfortable to swim in.”

    Woman: “Well, if you’re not gay, you shouldn’t be wearing them!”

    (She then grabs the waistband of my speedos and tries to pull them down. Thankfully they’re tied tight. I slap her hands away.)

    Me: “Woah, what the h***?!”

    Woman: “You need to get them off or you’ll become gay!”

    (The sound of her screaming draws the attention of a lifeguard, who wanders over.)

    Lifeguard: “What’s going on here?”

    Woman: “Get away from me!”

    (The woman runs off, leaving me and the lifeguard to look at one another in confusion. I’ve now started swimming at a different pool!)

    Related:
    Dim Witted And Off The Deep End, Part 6
    Dim Witted And Off The Deep End, Part 5
    Dim Witted And Off The Deep End, Part 4
    Dim Witted And Off The Deep End, Part 3
    Dim Witted And Off The Deep End, Part 2
    Dim Witted And Off The Deep End

    Boss Like A Boss

    | Painted Post, NY, USA | Bigotry, Top

    (I’m working at a well-known family diner. I am one of the gayest men you might ever meet and am serving two elderly ladies.)

    Me: “Hello, ladies! It is very nice to meet you. My name is [name]. You ladies look sharp today! What can I get you to drink?”

    (I take their drink order, return just moments later, and take their food order. They are acting completely fine, until…)

    Customer #1: “Here, honey, this is for you. You look like you need it.”

    (She hands me a book on how homosexuality is inappropriate and an abomination. I have faced this before, so to avoid conflict I give them the following response.)

    Me: “Oh, great! My girlfriend will love this!”

    Customer #2: “Oh, nevermind, honey. You won’t need that, then! You never know where these homos are hiding now a days!”

    (I start to tear a little bit. My manager happens to be gay as well and overhears this.)

    Manager: “HEY! I do not ever want you to lie to a customer just to avoid a conflict! You are one of my best employees, and I will not have some bigoted customers putting you down. Ma’ams, I would greatly appreciate it if you left my establishment and do not return. If you cannot handle him as a gay man, then you do not deserve him as a straight man!”


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