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    Ironing Out Some Laundry Stereotypes

    | Brooklyn, NY, USA | Top

    (I am sitting in a laundromat, waiting for my laundry. An irate customer approaches me while I am reading a book.)

    Customer: “Can you help?”

    Me: “Excuse me?”

    Customer: “Can you help me with this machine? I don’t think it’s working properly.”

    Me: “I can take a look, but I don’t know too much about these things.”

    Customer: *exasperated* “How is it that you don’t know how these machines work? What kind of lazy employee are you? You just sit here reading a book when customers are struggling?”

    Me: “Ma’am, I’m just trying to do my laundry like you are.”

    Customer: “This is the worst experience I’ve ever had here! Where are your parents? I need to complain to them.”

    Me: “Ma’am, I’m 25 years old and my Korean parents live in New Jersey. There is a nice Chinese family that owns this business. They might be able to help you better than I can.”

    Customer: “But don’t you all know how to fix these things?”