This Name Survived The Third Reich

, , , , , , | Related | January 15, 2020

(I’m at my boyfriend’s house for dinner. I am meeting his parents and his siblings for the first time. I also have an unusual name.)

Boyfriend’s Sister: “So, what’s with your name?”

Me: “It’s a name.”

Boyfriend’s Sister: “Yeah, a stupid name.”

Boyfriend: *laughs nervously*

Boyfriend’s Mother: “[Boyfriend’s Sister]! [My Name] is a guest!”

Boyfriend’s Sister: “With a stupid name.” *looks at me smugly*

Me: “Actually, I was named after my great-grandma, who was in a concentration camp in the forties. She survived, but she later died from lung problems brought on by the terrible air in the camp.”

All: *silent*

Boyfriend: “Guys, I told you not to make fun of her name. I told you there was a reason for it. Now you’ve made yourselves look like jerks. Come on, [My Name], I’ll take you to [Fast Food Place]. You like the chicken nuggets, right? 

(Later on in the week, I got an apology letter from my boyfriend’s sister and it was signed by his parents, as well. Apparently, the girl got into a heap of trouble for making fun of my name.)

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The Shanghai Express To Berlin

, , , , , | Learning | January 7, 2020

(A student, a well-dressed woman who appears to be in her fifties, approaches our circulation desk.)

Woman: “I need information about this German woman, her name is Marlene something…”

Me: “Marlene Dietrich?”

(I’m a bit surprised, though, as this college doesn’t teach anything related to cinema.)

Woman: “No, actually, not Marlene, maybe something like Mark…”

Me: “Angela Merkel?”

Woman: “Yes!”

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A Charitable Reaction

, , , , | Right | January 1, 2020

(I have an uncommon name; people either say it’s lovely or they make a joke. I work as a cashier, and I wear a name tag as part of my uniform.)

Customer: *reads my name tag* “You know, people are always asking me what my favorite Charity is. I think I just met her.”

Me: *highly amused*

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Stupid Is Calling

, , , , , , , | Friendly | December 29, 2019

(This is the good old time of landlines. I answer the phone.)

Me: “Hello?”

Caller: “Yeah, pass me Bull.”

Me: “Who?”

Guy: *overly pronouncing* “Buuuuullllll! Paaaaassss meeee Buuuuullllll!”

Me: “I think you have the wrong–”

(Then, I hear a voice in the background.)

Background Voice: “What’s going on?”

Guy: *not even trying to muffle himself* “It’s his stupid sister; she won’t pass him!”

Background Voice: “Maybe his family doesn’t call him by his nickname but his actual name.”

Guy: “Oh, yeah… Can I speak to [My Brother]?”

Me: “Sure, stupid.”

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Joy To The World, Except You

, , , , | Right | December 24, 2019

(I’m at a restaurant where my server is a young woman named Joy. I hear her talking to the table next to me that just came in.)

Server: “Welcome to [Restaurant]. My name is Joy; I’ll be taking care of you tonight.”

Customer: “Your name is Joy?”

Server: “Yep.”

Customer: “Are you joyful?”

Server: *being polite* “I think most of the time, but there are moments when I’m not.”

Customer: “Are you going to serve us joyfully?”

Server: “I’ll try.”

Customer: “Do you enjoy being a server?”

Server: *passing around the coasters* “It pays for college.”

Customer: “Do you like Christmas? There’s lots of joy then!”

Server: “I do like Christmas. Can I get you started with some drinks?”

Customer: “Which drink would make me the most joyful?”

(It went on and on like this. She kept her cool the entire time. I wonder if he also does this to people named Hope or Faith.)

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