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The Ugliest Person In The Room

| CO, USA | Learning | September 23, 2013

(I work out at my college’s student recreation center, which has a VERY strict sexual harassment policy. One complaint against you and you are banned for a year with no exceptions. There is one female student who works out there and has made about a dozen claims against male students; all of them have claimed they only talked to her. I have just been assigned to a group project working with her.)

Female Student: “Hey I recognize you. You work out at the rec-center don’t you?”

Me: “Ya I do. I’ve seen you there a few times.”

Female Student: “Well, why haven’t you ever come say hello?”

Me: “Well to be perfectly frank, most guys there are kinda afraid; they don’t want to get banned.”

Female Student: “Oh please, I only ban the ugly ones. You don’t have anything to worry about.”

Me: “Wait, did you just say you get people banned on purpose? Like they don’t actually harass you and you still report them?”

Female Student: “Well, I mean just the out of shape ones. I don’t go to the gym to look at fatties.”

Me: “You don’t feel bad at all about what you are doing? You do realize that you are getting people banned for a year and that having a report on you for sexual harassment kind of hurts with the job hunt?”

Female Student: “Not my problem that they look gross.”

Me: “… I think I’m going to go ask for a new group.”

(The professor overheard our conversation and spoke to the rec-center manager. The people that already had bans kept them, but all future complaints by her were more thoroughly investigated. She was caught trying to get a guy banned who had never been even talked to her, and she lost her gym access herself.)

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| Learning | September 23, 2013


Weekly Roundup: Grow Up, Already, Part 2

Not Always Right | Right | September 22, 2013

Weekly Roundup: Grow Up, Already, Part 2! In this week’s roundup, we share five stories about grown-up customers who need to grow up! Click here for Part 1.

  1. Parenting The Parents (2,549 thumbs up)
  2. A Good Ol’ Fashioned A** Whoopin’, Part 2 (3,030 thumbs up)
  3. Sweet Midlife Crisis (1,550 thumbs up)
  4. Always Handle Grown Ups With Kid Gloves, Part 2 (1,249 thumbs up)
  5. Talentless Pool (2,894 thumbs up)

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She’s A Little Girl With A Round Tummy

| Melbourne, VIC, Australia | Right | September 22, 2013

(I am quite short, with short, bright red hair. I am in the middle of taking the table’s order.)

Customer: “Which red-headed celebrity do you remind me of?”

Me: “I’m not sure, sorry. Scarlett Johansson in The Avengers, maybe?”

Customer: “No, not her.”

Me: “Cal Wilson? She’s got short red hair as well.”

Customer: “No, that’s not it.”

(I suggest a couple of other possibilities, but she rejects them. Unable to work it out, I finish taking their order, then continue going about my business. About half an hour later, she flags me down.)

Customer: “I’ve worked out who it is!”

Me: “Oh, right, who is it?”

Customer: “Ponyo!”

Me: “…”

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No Further Steps Were Taken

| Wales, UK | Right | September 22, 2013

(Some of our storage space consists of large cupboards in the walls above our displays. I am standing at the top of a ladder checking a cupboard for stock, when I vaguely overhear an older woman talking to someone behind me.)

Customer: “…see if he notices.”

(The customer proceeds to shake the bottom of the ladder I’m standing on, then speaks to the man she is with.)

Customer: “I wonder if he’ll get scared?”

Me: “Um, hi. Did you want me to move the ladder out of the way?”

Customer: “No, I was just wondering if you’d notice.”

Me: “I did notice. And you’d certainly have noticed if I’d landed on your head…”

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