Cause For Pregnant Pause, Part 7

| Right | March 14, 2015

(I am folding clothes with a coworker in the maternity section of a large chain department store. My coworker and I are both in our early 20s. The racks are tall enough so you can only see our heads and shoulders. A middle aged woman approaches us from behind.)

Customer: “When are you ladies due?”

(I step around the rack and hold up my badge so she can clearly see I’m an employee and that I’m not pregnant.)

Me: “Oh, no, ma’am. We are just straightening up the department. Neither of us are expecting.”

Customer: “Oh, well, I guess you’re not.” *turning to my coworker* “When are you due?”

Coworker: “I’m actually not pregnant either.”

Customer: “Of course you are!”

Coworker: “No, ma’am, I assure you I’m not.”

Customer: “Don’t be silly. When are you due?”

Coworker: “I’M NOT PREGNANT. I’M JUST FAT!”

(The customer gets ready to say something else but just walks away.)

Coworker: “I’m never wearing this sweater again…”

Me: “I’m never working in the maternity section again.”

 

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