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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.

Birthright Is Wrong

| Australia | At The Checkout, Bigotry, Family & Kids, Language & Words

Customer: “Oh! What an interesting accent! Which country are you from?”

Me: “Thank you. I was born here, but my dad is Northumbrian, so I have a bit of his accent.”

Customer: “So when did you arrive in Australia?”

Me: “I never left. I was born here.”

Customer: “No, that’s impossible. I don’t think you were. In fact, I KNOW you weren’t.”

Me: “So, it’s impossible for my mother to have me in Australia with my dad, who migrated from the UK and has a strong accent that I picked up?”

Customer: “Yes.”

Me: “I was born here in Australia, ma’am.”

Customer: “Oh, you keep thinking that.” *winks and leaves the store*

Please Be Civil To Partnerships

| Bury St. Edmunds, England, UK | At The Checkout, Awesome Customers, Bigotry, Top

(I’m male. I’m chatting away to Customer #1 whilst scanning her items. We are talking about cakes.)

Customer #1: “My husband doesn’t like the walnut one.”

Me: *laughing* “Nor does my boyfriend. It means I can eat as much as I want in front of him and not have to sha—”

Customer #1: “Your boyfriend? That’s disgusting. I didn’t realise [Company] hired your type!”

(At this point, Customer #2, a sweet little old lady who has been waiting in the queue, speaks up.)

Customer #2: “You leave him alone! He’s been nothing but helpful and you were happy to chat to him when you thought he was straight. Besides, I’ve seen him and his boyfriend in town, and he’s bloody gorgeous!”

Customer #1: “Well! I never!”

(She pays and flounces away.)

Customer #2: *to me* “You tell that boyfriend of yours that I think you two look very happy together and may you be together a long time.”

Me: “Thank you! I will!”

(Months later, when my boyfriend and I decided to get a civil partnership, Customer #2 screamed with joy when I told her!)

Not Skirting Around The Issue

| Lake George, NY, USA | Awesome Workers, Bigotry, Spouses & Partners

(An older customer, maybe in his 50s, walks in to my female clothing store.)

Me: “Hello! How are you today?”

Customer: “Don’t worry. I’m not a cross-dresser or anything. I’m just looking for my wife”

(He says the first half in a very derogatory tone of voice.)

Me: *smiles sweetly* “Well, if it’s any consolation, I think you’d look great in a skirt!”

(The customer glares at me and leaves!)