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Being A Complete Assperger

| Working | November 21, 2016

(I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome/Autistic Spectrum Disorder in high school, and while I’m pretty accepting of the condition, I’m also pretty choosy about who I tell about having it. I finally feel trusting enough of a particular coworker that I tell her about my ASD. A few days after a particularly frustrating day at work, she approaches me.)

Coworker: “Hey, remember that lady who was giving you such a hard time?”

(Said lady was a patron who chewed me out for trying to enforce the “you need to pay your library fines before using a computer” rule. I tried to handle the situation as gracefully as I could before going into the back room to cry, as I don’t handle confrontation well.)

Me: “Yeah, I remember her. Is she back?”

Coworker: “I just wanted to tell you that I got her to back off by telling her you had Asperger’s.”

Me: “Why…?”

Coworker: “I didn’t know what else to do to get her to calm down. I thought it might help her understand why you acted the way you did.”

Me: “Excuse me? I did nothing wrong. I was trying to enforce the library rules and she got angry. Why did my behavior need explaining?”

Coworker: “Well, it worked; she calmed down. But I just thought you should know I told her.”

Me: “…”

(Long story short, I told my boss and she had words with said coworker. She didn’t last much longer after that. Needless to say I’m much more careful about who I tell about my autism.)

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