Something To Beer-ate You On

, , , | Right | August 31, 2018

(I sell coffee, cookies, and other assorted foods and drinks on trains. My colleagues also sell beer, but since I’m underage, I am not allowed to. A customer gestures to an empty half-litre can of beer, and asks for another.)

Me: “Sorry, sir, but I am not allowed to carry alcohol in public locations, being under-aged.”

Customer: “This is ridiculous! A colleague of yours also wouldn’t sell me any beer because they were Muslim. What sense does that make?”

Me: “I’m sorry that you feel this way, sir, but you shouldn’t judge someone for their religious beliefs, I think.”

Customer: “I’m not judging them, but I mean, what are you doing with your life if you’re thirty and won’t even sell someone a beer?”

Me: “Sir, look at it this way. I won’t sell you alcohol because of my age; my colleague won’t sell you alcohol because of their religion. It’s nearly the same.”

(The customer accepted defeat and waves me off. What I’m wondering is how someone could judge another when they themselves need three-quarters of a litre of a beer before four pm?)

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