Must Be A Gentleman 24/7

, , , , | Right | December 18, 2018

(I have just clocked out at the end of my shift, but I am waiting on a ride home, and as it is cold outside, I decide that I will wait inside for my ride to arrive. The only bench available for me to wait at is about ten feet from the nearest register, which is currently the only register open. I usually get out late, so I rarely bother to change out of my work uniform after work and this night is no exception. Still on the clock are a cashier and a service leader, both female, a fact that to me doesn’t seem all that important. Eventually a customer arrives, and begins staring pointedly at me while his groceries are checked out and bagged.)

Customer: “Why isn’t he helping?”

Coworker #1: “He clocked out. He’s just waiting on his ride.”

Customer: “But why isn’t he helping?”

Coworker #1: “Because he clocked out. He doesn’t have to.”

Customer: “A gentleman would help.”

Coworker #2: “Sir, he’s off the clock. It’s against the law for him to even be working when he’s off the clock. If we let him help all three of us could get fired.”

(The customer at this point has not once taken his eyes off of me, despite responding to my coworkers. I am at a loss of how to respond, and am just staring back. He huffs and crosses his arms.)

Customer: “A gentleman would help anyway.”

Coworker #2: “Sir, he literally can’t. Your total is [Total]”

(The customer paid and walked out, staring at me the entire time. As he passed me, I heard him say under his breath, once again, that a gentleman would help. Still at a loss, I said nothing and waited for my ride. When my ride showed, I went outside and saw the man sitting in his parked, running car, staring at me. To this day I’ve never seen him again and don’t know if he was just trying to freak us out, or honestly believed I should have broken the law, and risked my job and theirs, just to help them bag some groceries.)

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