So Long, Sexism, Part 2

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So Long, Sexism, Part 2! This week, we feature another five stories of employees dealing with (and often overcoming) sexist remarks from customers! Visit So Long, Sexism, Part 1.

  1. Hung Up On Gender (2,044 thumbs up)
    This sexist video game store customer had better phone it in, because female employees are here to stay!
  2. Ready, Aim, Equality (1,777 thumbs up)
    Misogynists don’t have a “shot” of getting a firearm from this gun store.
  3. Equality Is Worth Fighting For (1,343 thumbs up)
    She may be petite, but this boxing supervisor will take the fight to any man!
  4. Lighten My Load, Moisten My Road (1,659 thumbs up)
    A female staff who doesn’t mind carrying her own weight? Not if this customer has anything to slosh about it…
  5. Your Own Worst Critic (1,299 thumbs up)
    A badly parked car drives home the point that sometimes sexism starts at home!

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Not Specifying Spices Can Spark Speculation

| Atlanta, GA, USA | Food & Drink, Language & Words

(I work a popular sub sandwich chain. I’m finishing up a customer’s sandwich with vegetables and condiments.)

Me: “Would you like anything else?”

Customer: “Yeah, some peppers.”

(Note: the customer is very clearly pronouncing the “s” in “peppers.” We have bell peppers, pepperoncinis, and jalapeños.)

Me: “Which kind?”

Customer: “Peppers.”

Me: “Which kind of peppers?”

Customer: “PEP-PERS. PEPPERS!”

Me: “Yes, but which kind?”

Customer: “Freaking black peppers! Right there in the shaker! The only peppers you have!”

Me: “Oh, pepper! I’m sorry, I thought you were talking about the veggies.”

Customer: “Why would peppers be a vegetable?! It’s just little black flakes!”

Me: *speechless*

Customer: *to her companion* “Dumb b****!”

Rated I For Immature, Part 2

| Victoria, BC, Canada | Family & Kids, Underaged

(A friend and I are working a late shift at a popular video game store. Two kids come in and pick up a copy of Halo 3. This happens to be a mature-rated game (18+), and these kids are obviously far short of that.)

Kid #1: “I’ll take this.”

Coworker: “Sorry, you need to be over 18 to buy that. This is a mature-rated game.”

Kid #2: “YOUR MOM IS A MATURE RATED GAME!”

Coworker: “Get out!”

(The kids swear at us as they leave. The two of us look at each other.)

Me: “What the h*** just happened?!”

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How Crotcheters Get Crotchety

| Virginia, USA | Family & Kids

(I work in a booth selling tickets for a carousel. I have some crocheting with me for when it’s slow. I’m crocheting as a woman and her small grandson approach the booth, so I lay aside my yarn to help them.)

Little Boy: *looks at the yarn* “What are you doing?”

Me: “I’m making a hat.”

Little Boy:” A hat for you?”

Me: “No, a hat for one of my friends.”

Little Boy: “You have friends?!”

Rated I For Immature

| Poughkeepsie, NY, USA | Uncategorized

(I’m working the Black Friday shift from 11:30 PM to 8:15 AM. A customer hands me Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3. It has an M rating, so I ask to see her ID.)

Customer: “What, I don’t look 17?”

Me: “It’s not that, ma’am. I can’t continue ringing you out until I have a valid ID to scan. It’s the law.”

Customer: “Oh my God! Can’t you just say I have the ID?”

Me: “I’m sorry, ma’am, but I need to scan it. I can’t get past this screen until I do.”

Customer: “Well, figure it out! My ID is in my wallet, which is out in the car. I’m not going back out to get it!”

(I try a few other methods, but it still won’t let me get past the screen. I explain this to the customer. She’s made such a ruckus that other customers are starting to take notice.)

Customer: “Then take it off! I don’t want to buy it! This is f***ing ridiculous. I want to talk to your manager!”

(I call my manager over.)

Manager: “She’s following what she was trained for, ma’am. I can overwrite the screen, but please don’t harass our employees for doing their job. It makes HER look like the mature adult here. And, next time, remember your wallet and ID, so you don’t look like the dumb one at the register!”

Customer: *huffs, pays for her things, and walks out*

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