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Weekly Roundup: So Long, Sexism

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So Long, Sexism: This week, we feature five stories of employees dealing with (and often overcoming) sexist remarks from customers!

  1. The Estrogen Empire Strikes Back:
    A sexist fast food customer faces women in power–everywhere!
  2. The Land Of Milk And Money:
    Don’t have a cow, man–ladies understand farming, too.
  3. Cross-Platform Chromosomes:
    Games may be platform-specific, but video gamers are gender neutral!
  4. Now Accepting Immigrants From Femmerica:
    News flash from Bigotland: half of America ain’t American.
  5. The Spice Girls Have A Lot To Answer For:
    Yes, “Ladies go first”–except when they’re cutting in line!

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The Time Traveler’s Strife

| Provo, UT, USA | Extra Stupid

Me: “Thank you for calling [bookstore]. This is [name], how can I help you?”

Customer: “I’d like to order 20 copies of [title].”

(I look it up.)

Me: “I’m sorry sir, it looks like that book is out of print.”

Customer: “It can’t be out of print! I have a copy of it right here in my hand!”

Would You Like Brains With That

, | England, UK | Food & Drink

(Our store usually sells side orders with several meals: three hot and one cold. One night, both of our microwaves have broken so we can only offer coleslaw.)

Me: “Unfortunately all our hot sides are gone today. I’m afraid I can only offer you coleslaw or extra fries as options.”

Customer: “Can I swap the coleslaw for a gravy?”

Me: “I’m afraid not; all our hot sides are unavailable. Are you okay with coleslaw or extra fries?”

Customer: “Oh, no hot sides…can I have beans, then?”

Me: “No. Sorry, as I mentioned you can only choose from coleslaw or extra fries. So, which would you like?”

Customer: “I don’t really like coleslaw or fries…can I have a corn instead?”

Me: “Um, no, you can’t. As I’ve already explained, we don’t have any hot side orders: just coleslaw or extra fries today. I’m sorry about that.”

Customer: “Well, you should have said something, then!”

Serving Your Pie And Eating It Too

| Ohio, USA | Awesome Customers, Food & Drink, Top

(Three teenagers come into the restaurant where I work.)

Teenage Girl #1: “Okay, so we’ll have three large fountain drinks, six orders of fries, three cookies, and one large pepperoni pizza with stuffed crust.”

Me: “Okay, that’ll be [amount].”

(They pay and sit down at a table together with their order. Much to my surprise, Teenage Girl #2 and Teenage Boy get out their own packed lunches and put them in the middle of table to share. They all eat, everyone having a bit of everything. As I sit down at a nearby table for my break, I overhear them talking.)

Teenage Girl #2: “Okay, so maybe ordering a large pizza WASN’T the greatest idea.”

Teenage Boy: “It was the extra fries that did it for me.’

Teenage Girl #1: “So what do we do with the extra pizza?

Teenage Girl #2: “The box is too big for us to lug it around.”

Teenage Boy: “Well, crap. We just wasted some money.”

Teenage Girl #2: “Wait, I have an idea!”

(She gets up, takes the box, and walks over to me while her friends watch on in confusion.)

Teenage Girl #2: “Do you like pepperoni pizza?”

Me: “Um, yeah?”

(Without another word, she drops the box in front of me and walks away. She and her friends leave the restaurant before I get a chance to say thank you. For the record, the pizza was delicious!)

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