Racism Doesn’t Stick Here

, , , , , | Right | October 31, 2020

I work in retail at a costume store. Halloween is coming up soon so we’ve had a few more people come in and out than usual. A customer walks into the store and up to the counter.

Me: “Yes, can I help you?”

The customer says nothing and starts looking at the costume racks around the store, before coming back up to me.

Me: “Yes?”

The customer holds up some stickers.

Customer: “I want you to slap these on the costumes.”

Me: “Uh, why?”

Customer: “Because these costumes are quite racist and offensive! Appropriating a proud people’s culture into a joke!”

Me: “I’m sorry but I can’t do that; in fact, you aren’t allowed to put those stickers on yourself.”

Customer: “So you don’t care about racism?”

Me: “No, I care a lot; it’s just that some people won’t like to find a costume that’s labelled as racist. They won’t buy it, and I’ll get in trouble if I let you stick the stickers on, sorry.”

Customer: “If you care about racism, why not help me?”

Me: “Because like I said, I’d like to help deal with racism, but I can’t do it here.”

Customer: “Well, clearly, you are just an over-privileged racist!”

They turned around and strutted out. I swear, though, as soon as they got out, they met up with a friend and I think they started laughing. I haven’t seen them the past few days so maybe it was their attempt at a practical joke.