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Death Goes Shopping

| Right | November 20, 2013

Thousands rally around Asperger’s sufferer Chris Tuttle

| Right | November 20, 2013

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A SUPERMARKET employee with Asperger’s syndrome was berated by a customer for checking out her groceries too slowly.

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Canteen What-now?

| Working | November 20, 2013

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Sorry, I Canada Understand You, Part 2

| Montréal, QC, Canada | Working | November 20, 2013

(I’m in Montréal visiting my grandparents. I don’t know enough Quebecois to have a full coherent conversation. Since most employees can speak both Quebecois and English, I usually start the conversations in English to avoid any complications. I walk into a clothing shop and one of the employees approaches me, speaking very quickly in Quebecois.)

Me: “I’m sorry; I’m only fluent in English. Were you telling me about the sales?”

Employee: *to cashier* “UGH, mon dieu! Crisse de cave. Petite cave…”

(This roughly translates into ‘Oh my god, what a little idiot.’)

Me: “But I do know enough to ask for your manager. Or should I say, “Je ne suis pas un peu idiot! Où est votre gestionnaire?”

(The employee turns beet red and retrieves a manager, who apologizes profusely for her language. He offers me one free accessory from the sale rack, and says he will remind his staff to assume that primarily English tourists might know some basic French!)

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Some Things Never Change

| Melbourne, VIC, Australia | Working | November 20, 2013

(I am buying some beer, and in the process, I strike up a conversation with the cashier. However, when I give him my money, he just stands there staring at me.)

Me: “…What?”

Cashier: *stares at me, showing me my money*

Me: “…Huh?”

(I look at the money in his his hand, and it takes me several seconds to realise I’ve shorted him $10.)

Me: “Oh, I’m so sorry! Here’s the $10. I’m so stupid sometimes!”

Cashier: *laughs* “No worries, we all have those days!”

(The cashier completes the transaction, and gives me my beer and change. I pocket my change and head for the door.)

Me: “Thanks, mate! Have a great day!”

Cashier: “Did you want your change?”

Me: “…”

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