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The Only Size You Are Is Perfect

, , , , , , | Right | April 10, 2022

I come from a country that has weird expectations of women’s bodies. I have always been a chubby girl. I was taunted my entire childhood for that, and after pregnancy, I have gained some more weight. I have always been on various diets and exercises, and my weight fluctuates like the weather.

I have moved temporarily to London and am clothes shopping one day. It’s a beautiful high-end shop known for good collections of formal clothes. Every design that I like is not available in my size, and naturally, I am upset about it. A shop assistant comes up to help me.

Clothes shopping has never been fun for me at all, so I am apprehensive to ask for help. I am also worried that I may offend her by declining help.

Me: *Timidly* “Umm… I am not finding anything that fits me well.”

Employee: “What size are you looking at?”

Me: “I am not very familiar with the sizes here. Eight or ten seems too small and sixteen and above is a little too big. I am guessing twelve to fourteen may be my size but I am not sure. There aren’t many options in that size range.”

Employee: “Well, ma’am, that’s a popular size range in work attires. This is the middle of summer and peak shopping season; we usually run out of those sizes pretty soon, but I can check our system and let you know if we have any in stock in our store or any nearby stores. If you are sure, we can place them on hold, too. Do you want to do that?”

I was surprised that A) she did not judge me, B) she is happy to help, and C) if my size is popular, then there are many women like me, so I am not abnormally huge! With these thoughts in my head, I show her a few designs that I like and she gets a few of them for me to try on. When I am done making my choices and am leaving with my purchase, I summon the courage to thank her.

Me: “Thanks so much for your help! You have no idea how incredibly helpful you have been.”

Employee: “No problem at all, ma’am! I am glad you found something you liked.”

Me: “Well, that’s the point. I usually never find anything in my size. I have had people mock at me for not being slim. Clothes shopping for people like me is a nightmare. You’ve made it so much easier today.”

Employee: “I don’t know why anyone would make you think like that! Most women I have met are in this size range, but we really shouldn’t limit ourselves by our bodies.”

I got really emotional because of her words. We talked a bit about body shaming and such. I had never felt so empowered about my body.

I am slowly on the path to accepting myself for who I am rather than by what society wants me to be. I maintain a healthy lifestyle and am still no skinny person, but I have stopped worrying about my weight when I occasionally decide to indulge. It’s a long journey of self-acceptance, but thanks to that kind lady who gave me the much-needed confidence. I can never forget her!

Don’t Sweat(er) The Latitude

, , , , | Right | May 3, 2022

I am helping a client plan a trip.

Client: “Is it cold in Alaska?”

Me: “Yes, definitely. You should bring warm clothes.”

Client: “So, I should bring a sweater?”

Me: “Ma’am, you are going dog-sledding on a glacier.”

Client: “…so, two sweaters?”

I Guess She Won’t Be A Regular Anymore

, , , | Right | April 30, 2022

I work in a hotel. Recently, our management changed, and the old manager had a lot of these “regulars” who would never have to pre-authorize their credit cards and would just pay for the rooms at checkout. Our new general manager is pretty stern about always taking pre-authorization no matter who the guest is, which is pretty fair.

A lady comes in claiming to be a regular. She tells us she used to work with the previous manager, and she is being nice, so we also check her in politely while making some small talk.

Me: “Can I please see your credit card and ID for pre-authorization?”

Her entire expression changes and turns into a scowl.

Guest: “You’ve never done that before!”

Me: *Politely* “It’s a standard process, so I need to do it.”

She quickly hands me her ID and credit card. I put in the pre-authorization amount.

Me: “Can you put in your PIN, please?”

Guest: “I don’t remember my PIN; I never use it.”

I offer to manually put in the credit card details to process the pre-authorization for her, and she agrees and lets me do it for her while standing right there the entire time.

We then finish the check-in and I hand her the form to put in her car details. She doesn’t remember them, so she goes outside to put that in and comes back. We hand her the keys and it’s all good until the next day. We receive a call from the guest’s daughter yelling at us for noting down her credit card PIN in our “notebook”.

This confuses the h*** out of me because I vividly remember what happened.

Me: “Ma’am, your mom didn’t even know her PIN, so there was no way for us to note it down if she didn’t have it in the first place. I manually entered the details into the credit card machine, and your mom was there the entire time, so there was no way for me to write in any notebook so that isn’t true.”

Daughter: “This is ridiculous! You’re just trying to scam my mother!”

This incident happened a month ago. Yesterday, the guest left a review on our website stating that we noted down her PIN — which she didn’t even know — and scammed her! Oh, well. I guess we are magicians because we can put in her PIN even though she herself didn’t know what it was.

Give It A Rest On The Restroom Thing

, , , | Right | May 1, 2022

I work in a pet supply store in a large strip mall-type area. For safety issues, our restrooms are for employee use only and locked with a keypad. This change happened the first week I started working there, so I never really asked any questions. We are literally a thirty-second walk from several other stores that do have public restrooms.

Me: “Hi, is there anything you need help with?”

Customer: “I have been driving all day, and I really need to use the restroom.”

He puts extra emphasis on the “all day” part, and I can tell that he already knows our restrooms are not public but he is trying to make me feel bad for him.

Me: “Oh, I’m sorry, we don’t have public restrooms, but [Closest Store] right next door does.”

There is an awkward silence for a moment.

Me: “Is there anything else I can help you with?”

Customer: “Where’s the cat food?”

Me: “The next few aisles in that direction are all cat food!”

The next half-hour includes him grabbing a single bag of cat food and then proceeding to walk around and have the exact same conversation with all of my coworkers. Every. Single. One. he’s yelling about how he’s been driving all day and needs a restroom immediately. Interesting; he could have gone twenty minutes ago to the one next door.

He comes back to the aisle I’m working in and meanders around a bit.

Me: “Is there something else I can help you with?”

Customer: “What I need help with is that I’ve been driving all day to get stuff from your store and I just need to use the restroom!”

He has a very common brand of food in his hand that can be found in most grocery stores.

Me: “I’m so sorry, but there is nothing I can do about that.”

He stormed off yelling over the fact that he was spending money so he should get to use the restroom.

This sort of thing happens at least twice a week. What’s so special about OUR specific restroom that makes you need to use it? I’m just following the rules; I’d literally get in trouble if I let him use the restroom.

The Dumbest Kind Of Pirate

, , , | Right | April 29, 2022

I’m on the phone with an acquaintance of my boss. They want to host a server with all of the music they’ve copied from CDs, pirated, or downloaded from iTunes.

Me: “Legally, I need to sway you from starting a website that charges people to download all of the music you’ve copied off of your CDs.“

Client: “What? Why? There are all kinds of places you can get music for free. iTunes charges. I’m like iTunes!”

Me: “No, iTunes has paid for licensing to distribute the music and make a profit off it.“

Client: “Whatever, I’ll just get one of those… Now, on to the design. I want it to look exactly like iTunes so people think they are using them. Can we even get a web address that’s similar? Something like uTunes or iMusic.”

Me: “You know Steve Jobs enjoys suing people, right?“

Client: “Who?”