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    Weekly Roundup: Bigots Are Boneheads!

    | Not Always Right | Bigotry, Roundups

    Bigots Are Boneheads! In this week’s roundup, we share five stories about bigoted customers!

    1. Going Bananas (5,891 thumbs up)
      A sexist customer complaining about neutering gets neutered himself!
    2. A War Unwon (3,705 thumbs up)
      A marine who fought abroad unfortunately learns that there are enemies at home, too.
    3. Time To Moooove To Another Cowllege (3,720 thumbs up)
      Move over, racial and religious discrimination: introducing FARM discrimination!
    4. So Pho, So Crazy (3,932 thumbs up)
      A Vietnamese supermarket employee has a run-in with a genocidal customer.
    5. Who Needs History When You Have Hollywood (3,345 thumbs up)
      History is an absolute mystery for this boneheaded tourist!

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    Left In The Dark Ages

    | Houma, LA, USA | Bigotry

    (Note: I am left-handed. I’m working at a music store when the most wonderfully old-fashioned customer comes in.)

    Me: “Hello, ma’am, welcome to [store]! How can I help you?”

    Customer: “Oh… oh, my! Are you writing with your LEFT hand?” *pulls a cross on a necklace from under her shirt*

    Me: “Yes, ma’am, I’ve always been left handed. Is there anything I can assist you with?”

    Customer: *frantically waves the cross around* “I’m sorry. I can’t shop here. You lefties are so unnatural; I thought they stamped you all out in elementary school!”

    No Sense, No Sensitivity, No Service

    | Pittsburgh, PA, USA | Bigotry, Top

    (I am checking out an older gay couple holding hands, who has been very pleasant, when the customer behind them speaks up.)

    Me: “How are you guys doing today?”

    Customer #1: “Oh, just great.”

    Customer #2: “Hey! Lady!”

    Me: “Is there a problem?”

    Customer #2: “You’re allowed to refuse to serve people, aren’t you?”

    Me: “Um, yes, I can make them go to another line if they cause problems.”

    Customer #2: “Well, why are you ringing out these homos?! Kick them out of your line!”

    Me: “Um, sir, these men haven’t been causing problems.”

    Customer #2: “They’re f***ing f****ts! I can’t believe you’re helping them!” *to the couple* “Get the h*** out of here! She’s refusing to serve you!”

    Customer #1: “We’re not doing anything!”

    Me: “Please, sir, I have no problem. They’ve been very nice to me. I’m almost done checking them out, anyway.”

    Customer #2: “No! No, no, no! I demand that you refuse them service!”

    (By now, I’ve finished with the couple’s grocery order.)

    Me: “Sir?”

    Customer #2: “What?!”

    Me: “I’m sorry, but you’re causing a disturbance. I’m going to have to refuse you service. Please move to another line.”

    (He threw a fit and complained to my manager, but the gay couple spoke up in my defense and Customer #2 was banned from the store.)

    Twinstigating Trouble

    | Salem, OR, USA | Bigotry

    (My cousin is only six months pregnant, but since she’s having twins, she looks further along than she is. I take her out to lunch one day and this exchange occurs.)

    Waiter: “Hi, ladies.” *to my cousin* “Wow, you must be ready to pop any day, huh?”

    My Cousin: *laughs* “No, actually, but I’m having twins, so I’m a little bigger than normal.”

    Waiter: “Ah, I see. So, what can I get—”

    (Suddenly, the customer at the next table rudely interrupts us.)

    Rude Customer: “Bulls***! It’s women like you always craving attention that make people hate females!”

    Me: *to waiter* “To answer your question, you can get that woman away from us.”

    Waiter: “That can be arranged!”

    (The customer was kicked out, and we got a discount on our meal!)

    This Is Why We Don’t Color Code People, Part 2

    | Toronto, ON, Canada | Bigotry

    (I work at a mall kiosk store for a major telecom company in Canada. One morning, two full-time employees and I are all at work. I’m white, but the other two are Iranian and Filipino. A customer comes in.)

    Customer: “Are you available?”

    Me: “I can be.”

    Customer: “Oh, thank God! I don’t think that g***…” *gestures to my Filipino coworker* “…over there is smart enough to fix my problem.”

    Me: “Excuse me?!”

    Customer: “You know what I mean! Does that P*** even speak English?”

    Me: “Sir, you can leave now.”

    Customer: “EXCUSE ME?!”

    Me: “Leave, sir. I need you to leave the area around my kiosk.”

    Customer: “I want to speak with your manager.”

    Me: “Very well, sir. Would you like to speak with the assistant manager, too?”

    Customer: *nods*

    (I wave over my Iranian and Filipino coworkers, who happen to be the managers.)

    Filipino Coworker: “Hello, sir, what seems to be the problem?”

    Customer: “Is this a joke!? I’m leaving!”

    All 3 of us: “Thank you, sir!”

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    This Is Why We Don’t Color Code People

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