Unfiltered Story #106948

, , | Unfiltered | March 10, 2018

(I had just started working at a store that sat right in the middle of the higher and working class population, so a mix of different people would come and shop by. Within my first week, on a slow day, I’m chatting with two of my coworkers as a customer with a semi-noticeable limp enters through the elevators.)

Coworker #1: “Ugh, she’s back.”

Coworker #2: “Hey, [My Name], when she’s ready, can you check her out?”

Me: “Okay, why?”

Coworker #2: “Well, she has a bit of an attitude, and you’re knew. Have to graduate somehow, right?”

Me: *rolls eyes* “Haha. But sure, alright.”

(Eventually, she comes up to my register. She smiles and acknowledges that I’m new, since she doesn’t recognize my face. She’s wearing a veteran cap, which I point out and ask about, as my cousin is a veteran, too. We end up chatting for a bit while I ring her out. She pays with an EBT card for her groceries and goes off on her way to the elevators once again. She was perfectly polite, and I was left confused over the warning I had received about her from my coworkers until they both approach me again)

Coworker #1: “Wow. How did you DO that?”

Me: “Do what?” *starting to think I was lucky for catching the customer while she was in a good mood*

Coworker #1: “Keep a straight face?”

Me: *more confused* “Over what?”

Coworker #1: “Come on, you know.”

(She then starts to imitate an exaggerated limp, mocking the customer. My second coworker laughs. I’m left speechless.)

Coworker #2: “I’m more surprised that you were able to keep it together when she flashed her EBT card. She always does it so ‘casually,’ too! It’s so shameless.”

(By now, my confusion has manifested into anger)

Me: “Why does it matter how she pays for her food?”

Coworker #2: “Well, I mean, it’s not just that. It’s just the shamelessness. I *try* to act casual, too, but then she always gets attitude and all mad about it. Like, dude, at least I’m trying!”

Coworker: “She ALWAYS takes the elevator, too. Like, at least TRY to look active.”

(Now my anger is BOILING)

Me: “Are you fucking kidding me? She’s *clearly* a veteran!”

(Both give me a blank stare)

Coworker #1: “So?”

Coworker #2: “Yeah, wasn’t that *her* choice, anyways?”

(I give up and walk away at this point as I am literally shaking with rage feel that I’m actually seeing red. We never got along after that, but I got along with my other coworkers just fine (most of whom also having issue with how ignorant and conceited the other two usually acted) and I was always happy to see my regular (who, by the way, never gave “attitude” towards anyone else BUT the two coworkers, solely because they gave it to her first.) Eventually, one quit and the other was let go, the latter due to her behavior towards customers. None of us were shocked.)

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