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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.

Wait An Extra Hour For The Bigotry Bus

| San Antonio, TX, USA | Awesome Workers, Bad Behavior, Bigotry, Transportation

(I work as a city bus driver in San Antonio and I’m fairly openly transgender… I believe it’s more than obvious even in uniform. I hear and receive a few insults daily. I normally deal with those pretty easily, but today one struck a nerve, mostly because it was aimed at someone else on the bus doing something really nice. An obviously gay man is offering the seat next to them to an old man.)

Old Man: “I don’t want to be seated next to some [homosexual slur]!”

(I park the bus and look back.)

Me: “Then you wouldn’t want to be driven around by one either. The next bus is in a hour. You can catch it here.”

(The whole bus is dead silent for 20 seconds. Then the old man starts cursing me out, calling me every name in the book.)

Me: “Sir, I’m giving you 30 seconds before I call the cops and have you removed off this bus for discrimination.”

(The old man continued cursing but left the second I reached for the phone. The whole bus applauded and pretty much thanked me/congratulated me as they left. The man I defended gave me a five dollar tip and a thank you as he left!)

Don’t Hand It To Racism

| Chicago, IL, USA | Bigotry, Bizarre, Food & Drink

(I used to work at a cookie shop at the mall. At this point the customer’s cookie is wrapped and put on the counter in front of me so I can handle her money.)

Customer: “Where is my cookie?”

Me: *points* “It’s right there.”

Customer: “Well, why didn’t you hand it to me?”

Me: “I’m sorry, ma’am.”

(I pick up the cookie and hand it to her.)

Customer: “What, do you not touch black people or nothing?!”

(I have no idea how to react to this as she stomps off.)

A Development For The Lesser Developed

| Manila, Philippines | Awesome Workers, Bigotry, Technology

(I am a technical support person for an ISP in Australia. Customers often ask us where the calls are routed to. They really don’t mind as long as you help them but this one is just different. After walking an irate customer through the troubleshooting steps:)

Customer: “Where is this call routed to?”

Me: “Your call has been routed here in the Philippines.”

Customer: *in a rude tone* “So, I’m basically talking to a monkey?”

Me: “Yes, sir. A monkey who’s teaching you how to use your pocket wifi.”

Customer: “…” *click*