(I work by myself on the overnight shift at my store. Around 1 am a little old African American lady and her granddaughter enter my store. While the grandmother goes to the bathroom, the granddaughter approaches me.)
Granddaughter: *to me* “Are you going to be making any more fresh tea tonight?”
Me: “Sorry, but we clean them overnight since we don’t have a high demand. We start them new around 3 am.”
Granddaughter: “YOU’RE LAZY AND INCOMPETENT!”
(As she continues to yell at me, she is unaware her grandmother has come out of the bathroom and is now behind her. Suddenly, the grandmother smacks her granddaughter on the back of the head and lays into her.)
Grandmother: “Your grandfather and I did not march on Washington with the great Martin Luther King for you to treat hardworking people like that! You haven’t worked a day in your life because we worked hard and invested right so you would have better privileges than we did. If you want to act like a ghetto b****, then I can take away that nice apartment you live in and let you survive where I grew up. Now you apologize to this young lady!”
Granddaughter: *in tears* “I’m sorry… I had no reason to behave like that. Please forgive my outburst.”
(I did, and grandma got a free drink!)
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.
- 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!
- Ready, Aim, Equality (1,777 thumbs up)
Misogynists don’t have a “shot” of getting a firearm from this gun store.
- Equality Is Worth Fighting For (1,343 thumbs up)
She may be petite, but this boxing supervisor will take the fight to any man!
- 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…
- 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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(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?”
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!”
Customer: *to her companion* “Dumb b****!”
(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?!”
Rated I For Immature
(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?!”