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Not Such A Tall Order, Unless You DON’T WORK HERE

, , , , | Right | CREDIT: LuckyMariner | November 25, 2021

I am a tall girl, about six feet tall, and ninety-nine times out of a hundred, I am more than happy to help someone because of my height if they ask politely.

About five years ago, I was home from college and had to run to the grocery store to pick up a few things for my mom for dinner that night. As I was browsing the aisles, I could hear a lady clear her throat, and when I didn’t respond, she said in a rude tone:

Customer: “Girl? Can I get some help here?”

Now, I admit, I could have said something different, but I don’t react well to rudeness and people calling me “girl.” I was wearing a floral Hawaiian-style shirt, torn jeans, and white high-top sneakers, nothing like what a store employee wears.

Me: “Can you slap a please on that?”

She didn’t like that and stormed off. I just thought she went to go do it herself or find an employee to help, but I was wrong on that assumption. I continued shopping and ran into [Employee], a former friend of mine from high school that I hadn’t seen in a while. We were exchanging small talk when the customer came up the aisle with the manager in tow.

Customer: “That’s the one who was rude to me. Discipline her!”

The manager called [Employee] over and began to lecture her on her behavior.

Customer: “Not her! The big girl!”

The manager looked at me and then at the customer.

Manager: “I thought you said it was an employee. She doesn’t work here.”

Customer: “What do you mean, she doesn’t work here? Well, kick her out of the store, anyway.”

Manager: *To me* “This lady says you were rude to her. Is this true?”

Me: “No ruder than she was to me. If you’re going to kick me out, kick her out, as well.”

This elicited a gasp from the customer, who turned around and walked out of the aisle.

Manager: “[Customer] is always a problem shopper here, but this is the first time she’s complained about a customer and not an employee. What did you say to her?”

I told him the story and he laughed. I then went and finished my shopping and never saw the customer again.

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