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    I Don’t Work Here, Does Not Work Here, Part 12

    | Natchitoches, LA, USA | Bad Behavior

    (I’m browsing the yarn section of a well-known big box retailer. There is another customer, a middle-aged man, slowly making his way down the aisle.)

    Customer: *stands next to me and clears his throat*

    Me: *takes two steps to the right* “Sorry I’m in the way, hon. I don’t know what colors I want.”

    Customer: “Hmph! Well, that’s not my problem, is it? Where are the iron-on patches?”

    Me: *gestures* “On the other aisle over there with the sewing notions.”

    Customer: “Hmph! I meant for you to show me exactly where to find them!”

    (At this point, I remember I’m wearing the jacket for my job, which is the same color as the shirts and jackets this store’s employees wear.)

    Me: “Oh!” *I point at my store’s logo on the front of my jacket* “I don’t work here! I work at [Convenience Store] in Robeline. I only know where they are because I sew. I don’t use those, though, as I’d rather sew a patch. There are sew-on patches over there, too.”

    Customer: “Don’t lie to me and don’t try to change the subject! Your jacket is the same color as the other employees’ jackets!”

    Me: “Honey, I work for [Convenience Store], not [Retailer].” *I point at the logo again* “See? Completely different logo.”

    Customer: “Don’t you ‘honey’ me, you brat! If you were my kid I’d tan your hide! The trouble with you kids these days is that you don’t respect your elders!”

    Me: “First off, I am NOT a child! I am twenty-four years old, which means I am a grown woman. Second, I have already told you that I don’t work here and showed you proof of the fact. Third, the d***ed patches you’re looking for are one aisle over, next to the other sewing notions, and they’re right in plain sight! If you can’t find them, that’s your problem, not mine!”

    (The customer storms off muttering about disrespectful employees. When I go to check-out later, I find myself at the end of the line in the same lane as him and notice that he has the iron-on patches.)

    Me: *loudly* “Glad to have been of service, sir!”

    Customer: *to his cashier* “I’d like to know who to speak to so that I can report her! She was very rude to me earlier!”

    Cashier: *chuckles* “Sir, she doesn’t work here. She works at [Convenience Store]. I see her there all the time when I’m passing through.”

    Customer: “You’re just covering for her! I’m going to take this to corporate!”

    Cashier: “You have a good day, sir!”

    Customer: *storms off with his bags*

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