Makes You Wish You’d Stayed Home(Schooled)

, , , , , | | Learning | June 12, 2019

I was 11 and had just started school for the first time, as I’d been home-educated since I was four. I hadn’t had a structured education system, so school rules and unwritten codes were very new to me. It didn’t help that, although I wasn’t diagnosed at the time, I am autistic and struggle to pick up social cues.

On my second day of school, we had a class called Personal and Social Education, which was basically life skills and sex ed, and we had guest speakers from the police, fire department, etc., to teach us how to handle life.

This particular day, the first class of the year, the teacher was explaining to everyone that if they didn’t attend school, their parents were breaking the law. Naturally, this confused me; my mother had been the media coordinator for an alternative education group we belonged to for years, so I was quite well-informed on the legality of home education. I didn’t grasp that the teacher was trying to tell us about the consequences of skipping out on classes, because I didn’t know that was something people did. I just knew that not attending school was perfectly legitimate, and the teacher clearly hadn’t heard about home education, so I should be helpful and explain.

Naive little me put my hand up and said my mother had educated me at home. Before I could get any further in my explanation, this teacher gave me the most disgusted look and announced loudly, “Well, your mother should have gone to prison!

I was thoroughly humiliated. I put my hand down and stared at the desk, and spent the rest of the class trying not to cry, because the teacher was Authority and she’d just told me I was wrong and that my mum had broken the law. I was devastated and, being as naive as I was, I was convinced I’d just got my mum into serious legal trouble.

When my mum picked me up after school, she could tell I was upset. It didn’t take much prodding before I broke down sobbing. I told her what had happened and that I didn’t want her to go to prison.

She came into school the next morning to speak to the principal, and while I never knew exactly what was said in that meeting, I never saw that teacher around the school again.

But I learned a very important rule that day; I was never to say something that implied a teacher might be wrong, or challenge something I knew was wrong, because that was Not What We Do At School. It pretty much destroyed my confidence and signposted to everyone in my class that I was an easy target.

Just hear a kid out when they’re trying to make a point, teachers.

Unfiltered Story #154729

, , , | | Unfiltered | June 12, 2019

(I volunteer at the Olympic park where there is an information and mobility service which is where I do my work. This includes hiring mobility scooters out to people and we have to prioritise those with mobility issues who want to visit the park (eg. pregnant, elderly). This boy who looked 12 or 13 (considering I’m 16) came up to me and we sometimes do have to try and deter teenagers from trying to hire the scooters if they want to mess about in them)
Customer: Can I hire one of your scooters?
Me: We have to prioritise people with mobility issues? Do you have mobility issues?
Customer (jokingly): I’m fat. (he was)
Me (jokingly): You might want to walk it off then!
Customer (seemingly upset): What?!
(He then walked away and if I did hurt his feelings, I’m sorry but I can’t rent out scooters to teenagers unless they’re in crutches or something like that so…)

Just Another Day In The British Countryside

, , , , , | | Hopeless | June 8, 2019

(It’s a very, very quiet British Sunday. I am sitting at a train station, alone. No trains are due for a while and I am waiting for a connection. I can’t even hear traffic, it’s so quiet, and I can’t see any staff. Suddenly…)

Platform PA: “Ladies and gentlemen, this is a station announcement. This is for the lady that just brought us the cake… Thank you very much; it was delicious.”

Will Understand But Not Blindingly Fast

, , , , | | Related | June 7, 2019

(My younger sister and I are walking along chatting. Although she is quite smart, she often says things without thinking them through. I would also like to point out that she is 21 years old.)

Sister: “So, you know those white lines in the middle of the road?”

Me: *wondering where this is going* “Yeah?”

Sister: “It that so when blind people drive, they know where the edge of the road is?”

Me: “…”

Sister: “And the bumpy lines are so they know there is a roundabout coming up.”

Me: “…”

Sister: “What?”

Me: “…”

(Sudden realisation dawns on her face.)

Sister: “Oh. Blind people can’t drive.”

Me: “No. No, they can’t.”

(We still laugh about it to this day.)

Unfiltered Story #153758

, , , | | Unfiltered | June 7, 2019

I work in a grocery and its near closing time. I’m attending the self check outs when a customer asks me a question about one of our offers. He is looking at our battery offer, which is “Buy one, get one free”.

Customer: “Excuse me?”

Me: “Yes, sir? How can I help?”

Customer “What is this buy one get one free deal? Is it where I buy one and get one for free?”

Me: “… Yes it is. You buy one pack of batteries and you get a second pack for free.”

Customer: “Oh, okay. Thanks!”

Sometimes I wonder…

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