Steal Oneself For Racists

| Working | December 8, 2013

(I am in a bookstore buying some books for my younger brother. I am Japanese.)

Me: “Hi. I’m going to buy these.”

Cashier: “Okay.”

(I see the cashier pick up a radio and operate the register for change. I don’t take any notice until a security guard comes up.)

Security Guard: “What seems to be the problem?”

Cashier: “This Jap was trying to buy these books. Now, I can TELL she’s really got something else with her; she’s trying to distract me while stealing it.”

Me: *horrified* “WHAT?!”

Security Guard: “Did you see her pick anything else up?”

Cashier: “I KNOW she’s not getting these books for herself; they’re fifth grade! And there’s a ton of stuff on the counter.”

(I look. They include candy and an assortment of small handbooks, none of which are worth stealing.)

Cashier: “Plus, she’s a teenager! The only reason teenagers come into shops is to steal! They never read!”

Security Guard: “Just stop being bigoted and let me search her bag.”

(The security guard searches my bag. The cashier just looks smug.)

Cashier: “You are SOOOO in trouble, ‘ching-chong’!'”

Security Guard: “There’s nothing in here that she hasn’t brought. And I think you’d better apologize to her.”

Cashier: “As if! I’m going on break!”

(The cashier goes off. When I next went back to the store, thankfully, I heard she was fired!)

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