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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.

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His Bigotry Is Self-Server-ing

| USA | Bigotry, Technology

(I work tech support configuring whitebox systems (computers built from parts bought separately). A customer wants a server built that will support a discontinued Microsoft operating system. I’m female and so is the caller.)

Me: “I designed the server for you but the manufacturer won’t certify that these parts will work with the operating system you want to use.”

Customer: “Well, I spent a lot of money on this software years ago and I don’t want it to go to waste.”

Me: “Unfortunately, no one wants to spend time or money supporting a discontinued OS. You can purchase the server and try to install it, but you may not be successful getting it to work.”

Customer: “Who can tell me that it will work?”

Me: “That would be me. And I can’t tell you it will work because no one writes drivers for the software you’ve got.”

Customer: “I want to talk to someone qualified to tell me that it will work.”

Me: “I’m qualified. I’ve been doing this for over 10 years. I assure you that no one will certify it.”

Customer: “Let me talk to someone who isn’t like you.”

Me: “I’m not sure what you mean.”

Customer: “You know, a girl. I want to talk to a man.”

Me: “…Let me transfer you.”

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Their Assumption Has Expired

| ME, USA | Bad Behavior, Bigotry, Popular

(I am the only cashier in front. A customer approaches me.)

Customer: “I think one of the other customers is stealing.”

Me: “Can you describe the person?”

Customer: *immediately shouts* “Obviously it’s the only black guy in the store. You can’t miss him!”

(She goes on to say that he is putting things in his cart and going out back, then all the stuff from the cart is miraculously gone. He works here, getting rid of expired merchandise. The customer screams at my manager when she won’t fire him for stealing from the company.)

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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

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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.”

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