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  • September Theme Of The Month: Overheard!

    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.)