Needs A Filter For His Mouth, Too

, , | Right | October 16, 2019

(I am a young female who works at a car parts store. Our clientele is mainly male so I am used to the odd comment about being a female in this kind of work. While I am not a qualified mechanic, I know basic car maintenance and am capable of assisting with simple requests. This incident takes place at the end of the day with not many customers in the store.)

Me: “Good afternoon, sir. How can I help you today?”

Customer: “I’ve ordered some parts. Are they here for me?”

Me: “Sure thing. What did you order?”

Customer: *snorts* “You probably won’t know what it is. I’m after an oil filter and air filter.”

(These are very common requests and they are one of the more basic maintenance items we sell.) 

Me: “I’ll just go get those for you.”

(I head out the back to the hold shelf and find the parts the man ordered.)

Me: *placing the items on the counter* “Here we go, sir.”

Customer: “Are you sure these are right?”

Me: “Those are the parts you ordered, sir. I am unable to say if they are the right parts for your car without further details but they are the items you have requested.”

Customer: “What are you doing here? Are you just here to make tea and coffee for the men? Someone like you shouldn’t be working in a place like this!”

(I am quite taken aback by this man’s comments, but I manage to bite my tongue.)

Me: “That will be [amount] thanks.”

Customer: *grunts*

Me: “Have a nice day, sir!”

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