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Ah, The Patriarchy

, , , | Legal | March 21, 2022

I was reading a thread about how technical questions often are directed to the male, and how salespeople will wait for the husband’s decision, and I was reminded of my old religion teacher.

This was the late eighties and the ink on her diploma was barely dry. We were in our last year of high school, so we were seventeen or eighteen and still close enough in age to relate.

One day, our teacher was so indignant she just had to share with the class. Her husband was still studying, so he was a dependent just as their newborn son. In Belgium, you receive a small stipend for children, until they are no longer studying or have their twenty-fifth birthday, whichever comes first.

Apparently, this is also the case when your spouse is still a student, albeit an adult. One day, a summons came for the head of the household to come to the police station; I forgot what for but that is not important for the story. Being the breadwinner, having two dependents, our teacher felt very much the head of the household and she went. According to the law, all that didn’t matter. Her husband was the official head of the household and it was him the police needed to see.

Those “Immagernts” Can Spell Better Than You

, , , , , , | Right | March 18, 2022

We receive a citizen survey from some town council to process digitally. There are quite a few typical petty, bourgeois complaints, like, “People need to take care of their gardens,” “People aren’t supposed to walk their dog there,” “Too many loiterers,” “Neighbourhood is going down the drains,” blah, blah, blah…

The one taking the cake, however, is a man who clearly stated that his mother was German, his father was English, and that he himself is from England. What was his final remark about his neighbourhood? “Too many imagrants.” [sic]

Right. And what are you, then? Well, I can’t prove it, but probably a racist.

A Dumber Side Of Society Has Been Unmasked

, , , , , , | Working | February 23, 2022

One of my coworkers is a typical not-so-progressive middle-aged man with a big mouth, little education, and few manners. He often moans about stuff he doesn’t like in a “tough guy” manner, blaming our boss for not taking the most destructive route in dealing with the higher-ups, claiming he would have refused lots of stuff if it had been ordered to him. He is not a fan of the EU, not a fan of the current government, and especially not a fan of current health measures.

Coworker #1: “Every time I come out of the supermarket, I pull that thing off as quick as I can. I can’t breathe in them. And I don’t accept it anyway! It’s unconstitutional! And you can still catch that stuff with a mask, so it’s all fake safety!”

Another coworker, while less aggressive, makes even less sense:

Coworker #2: “I think those facemasks only backfire, because when you wear them, you breathe the disease out and then immediately back in.”

Please go back to school, [Coworker #2]. You’ve just shown that you don’t get biology.

An Ugly Side Of Society Has Been Unmasked, Part 22
An Ugly Side Of Society Has Been Unmasked, Part 21
An Ugly Side Of Society Has Been Unmasked, Part 20
An Ugly Side Of Society Has Been Unmasked, Part 19
An Ugly Side Of Society Has Been Unmasked, Part 18

Bordering On Religion

, , , , , , | Right | February 4, 2022

My grandfather served in the military for the first years of my father’s life, and at the time, they were stationed in the northern area of the USA. Due to religious dietary restrictions, there were not many food options around. One year, for the major holiday, my grandmother decided to take the trek across the border into Canada to the nearest major city for better food options. When attempting to come back, however, they were stopped by the border crossing guard.

Guard: “I’m sorry, ma’am, but you cannot bring food over that was bought in Canada.”

My grandmother goes on to explain the hardship of trying to find good food their religion allows.

Guard: “Ah, so this is not ‘food’. This is ‘religious artifacts.'”

And then he let my grandmother through.

My grandmother didn’t press her luck the few more years they stayed there; however, this may have been one of the few rare instances of a US border guard having a sense of humor.

You Don’t Own The Street

, , , | Right | CREDIT: citizenzero_4 | January 9, 2022

I work for a 311 call center; we’re basically a non-emergency services and municipal information line. People call us for all kinds of city-related stuff.

An elderly lady is calling to complain.

Caller: “A car blocking my daughter’s parking space.”

She is a little all over the place with what she is saying and is starting to rant, and on top of that, she has an accent that makes it a bit harder to understand her, but this is a common thing people call about.

Me: “Is it a car blocking your driveway?”

Caller: “Yes.”

Me: “Is the car parked in the driveway itself, or is it on the street blocking the entrance?”

Caller: “No, it’s on the street blocking my front door.”

I’m confused but I still try to clarify.

Me: “Is it parked on the sidewalk outside your house?”

Caller: “No, it’s blocking my daughter’s car.”

Me: “So it’s double-parked?”

Caller: “No, it’s parked where she parks.”

After a few more rounds of questions just to be sure I completely understand her, it eventually turns out that she is calling because there is a car parked in front of her house where her daughter usually parks. The car isn’t in violation of any laws or anything, and this isn’t a reserved parking spot. This woman is just mad that someone has parked somewhere they are legally allowed to park.

Caller: “But it has [Out Of State] plates. Parking in this neighborhood isn’t good. My daughter will have to park around the corner and walk farther. This driver from [Out Of State] shouldn’t be able to park here.”

For what feels like the millionth time:

Me: “I understand that it’s frustrating, ma’am, but I can’t take a police report about a car legally parked on the street just because your daughter wants to park in front of the house. It doesn’t matter if it’s from out of state.”

Eventually, she hung, up grumbling about how we were useless. Because, you know, if we won’t or can’t accept a police request against someone who isn’t breaking the law, what good are we?