Category: Bigotry

This category is dedicated to the bottom rung of humanity at its worst — racists, homophobes, and other bigots — and, occasionally, employees at their finest.

Deaf To Reason, Part 6

| FL, USA | Bad Behavior, Bigotry

(Our store has a deaf employee. He is really nice and works hard. He usually sticks to working in the back but every so often, he will be on the floor, stocking.)

Customer: “Excuse me, sir?”

(Our deaf coworker doesn’t reply.)

Customer: “I SAID, EXCUSE ME, SIR!”

(I hear this and poke my head around the corner, seeing who he’s talking to.)

Me: “Can I help you, sir?”

Customer: “Yeah, can you tell me why you people just ignore your customers here?”

Me: “He’s not ignoring you, sir. He’s deaf. What can I help you with?”

Customer: “DEAF?! What he h*** kind a place are you running here giving those people jobs?!”

Me: *completely shocked* “Well, I assume he has bills to pay just like the rest of us hearing folk.”

(By this time, my coworker has noticed we are there and starts smiling and waving. The customer just flips him the bird and glares at me as he walks off mumbling about how he’s never coming here again. My coworker looks bewildered and I just shrug. He laughs.)

Related:
Deaf To Reason, Part 5
Deaf To Reason, Part 4
Deaf To Reason, Part 3

Serving Donald Trump

| Portland, OR, USA | At The Checkout, Bigotry

(I work as a U-Scan attendant at a large grocery store. The company is currently running a promotion for a new line of Mexican food, which means we get to wear t-shirts that say “Taste of Mexico” on the front.)

Customer: “Why are you wearing all that Mexican stuff? We have enough Mexicans around here.”

Me: *walking away* “Oh… kay…”

Half-Baked Assumptions

| VA, USA | Bad Behavior, Bigotry

(I’m shopping at a store I used to work at when a man I don’t know walks up to me.)

Man: “Excuse me, do you know where I can find baking powder?”

Me: “Yeah, it’s over on aisle seven, near the flour.”

Man: “Thanks!”

Me: *after remembering I don’t work here and have nothing on that looks like the uniforms worn there* “Wait, why did you ask me that?”

Man: “Because you’re a woman. All women know where stuff like that is.”

Toying With The Name

| Waxahachie, TX, USA | Bigotry, Family & Kids, Language & Words, Rude & Risque

(An elderly man brings in his four-year-old grandson for a toy.)

Grandpa: “Okay, [Grandson], pick out a toy.”

(The grandson starts looking around frantically at the shelf, spots a toy, and starts hopping around excitedly and pointing:)

Grandson: “Grandpa! Grandpa! I want a g**d*** wing!”

Grandpa: *looking from surprise to anger at once, about to smack the grandson while crying out* “What the h*** did you just say?!”

Me: *runs up quickly and intervenes* “Whoa, whoa, whoa! He was meaning Gundum wing.”

Grandpa: *staring at the shelf looking disgruntled* “D*** Japs did it on purpose.”

Could Out-Trump Trump

| Perth, WA, Australia | At The Checkout, Bigotry, Religion

(I am working for centre management for a shopping centre when a customer wishes to complain about the ‘tolerance’ of a Muslim butcher who chooses not to stock pork.)

Customer: “If you don’t have grandchildren or children then you’re not properly Australian.”

Me: “Let me get this straight. You believe if you don’t have children at all, then you’re not Australian?”

Customer: “That’s right. Do you have grandchildren?”

Me: “No. I’m in my 30s.”

Customer: “Do you have children?”

Me: “No.”

Customer: “Why not?”

Me: “I just don’t.”

Customer: “Were you born in Australia?”

Me: “Yes.” *a lie, but it was easier to say yes*

Customer: “Well, you’re MOSTLY Australian, then.”

(Eventually getting back to his complaint about the butcher…)

Customer: “All Muslims want to take over the world with their lifestyle and practices and eradicate our culture. They say it all the time!”

Me: “I have several Muslim friends who don’t share that view.”

Customer: “Well you are one of the very few people in the world who are friends with a Muslim. And do you know we’ve got a female Prime Minister?” *we did at the time* “She’s conspiring with the Muslims, supporting their takeover because secretly, SHE IS ONE!”

Me: “I think you ought to shop for your meat elsewhere, mate.”

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