A Significant Dress-Down

, | Dallas, TX, USA | Working | July 8, 2015

(I am at the soda fountain getting some water.)

Worker: “That’s a really cute dress!”

Me: “Thanks, I got it at [Store].”

Worker: “Are you pregnant?”

Me: “No!?”

Worker: “Oh, that dress just makes you stick out a bit.”

(This particular location now has a new one-star review…)

Getting It All In Español, Part 2

| CA, USA | Right | July 7, 2015

(A group of guys come in speaking Spanish, which I understand and speak fairly well. They shove the one white guy in the group forward to talk to me, the white hostess.)

Guy: *in English* “Hi, uh, can we get a table for eight, please?”

Me: *in English* “Sure thing. I think I have one cleared off, but let me go check for you.”

Guy: *in English* “Yeah, no problem.”

(I go to check the table. It is clear. When I get back, the guys are talking to the bartender in Spanish.)

Guy: *in Spanish* “The girl here was pretty cute, huh, man?”

Bartender: *in Spanish* “Yeah, she’s okay.” *looks at me, says in Spanish with an evil grin:* “Hey, white girl, is the table ready yet?”

Me: *in Spanish* “Yeah, it’s ready. Come on, guys.”

(The whole group blushed bright red. They were very polite to the staff the whole time and left us a great tip!)

 

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Dry Goods

| Devon, England, UK | Working | July 6, 2015

(My family are eating a meal at restaurant known for its delicious desserts. Ours were okay, but nothing special.)

Waitress: “Was everything okay with your meal?”

My Dad: “Well, the desserts were a little dry.”

Waitress: “Oh, good!”

(This has since become a family responds to anyone with a little problem.)

Very Light On The Differences

| TX, USA | Working | July 5, 2015

(My dad and I are driving home for twelve hours after a vacation. We are both hungry and decide to stop at what we think is a genuine Mexican taqueria, but ends up being a fast food Tex-Mex chain.)

Cashier:“Welcome to [Restaurant]. How can I help you?”

Dad: “Well… what’s the difference between the deluxe burrito and the light burrito?

Cashier: “Well, the deluxe burrito has sour cream, lettuce, cheese, beans, beef, and hot sauce. The light burrito has sour cream, lettuce, cheese, beans, beef, and hot sauce.”

Dad: “…Yeah, okay, but what’s the difference?”

Cashier: “Well, the deluxe burrito has sour cream, lettuce, cheese, beans, beef, and hot sauce. The light burrito has sour cream, lettuce, cheese, beans, beef, and hot sauce.”

Dad: “So are they wrapped up in different types of tortillas or something?”

Cashier: “The deluxe burrito is wrapped up in a soft flour tortilla. The light burrito is in a soft flour tortilla.”

Dad: “So… They’re the exact same thing?”

Cashier: “Oh, no no no no no. They’re totally different,”

Dad: “Okay, so how are they different?”

Cashier: “Well, the deluxe burrito has sour cream, lettuce, cheese, beans, beef, and hot sauce. The light burrito has sour cream, lettuce, cheese, beans, beef, and hot sauce.”

Dad: “You just listed them as having the exact same ingredients. Are they different sizes or proportions or something?”

Cashier: “No… They’re the exact same…”

Dad: “So they are the exact same?”

Cashier: “No, they’re completely different. Do you think we’re stupid? If they were the same they wouldn’t be on the menu twice!”

Dad:“So they’re totally different?”

Cashier: “Yes!”

Dad: “Can you please explain to me how they are different?”

Cashier: “Well, the deluxe burrito has sour cream, lettuce, cheese, beans, beef, and hot sauce. The light burrito has sour cream, lettuce, cheese, beans, beef, and hot sauce.”

Dad: “You just listed all of the same ingredients twice.”

Cashier: “No. I didn’t. I said the deluxe burrito has sour cream, lettuce, cheese, beans, beef, and hot sauce. Then I said the light burrito has sour cream, lettuce, cheese, beans, beef, and hot sauce.”

Dad:“…:

Cashier: “…”

Dad: “Can I speak to your manager?”

Cashier: “No.”

Dad: “Why not?”

Cashier: “No.”

(We left at this point. The conversation had gone on for more than five minutes. We ended up eating at the place across the street, which was much cleaner and nicer. The staff could also explain the differences between all of the burritos on their menu.)

An Un-Fairer Observation

| AB, Canada | Working | July 4, 2015

Manager: “We have a mystery shopper! Clean the women’s washroom. Then also sweep. The mystery shopper is outside in her car.”

Me: “I’m on it.”

(I do as I am told. The manager comes over to check up.)

Manager: “The shopper is outside. She’s a lady.”

Me: “Okay. I’ll keep an eye out for her.”

Manager: “She’s a lady. Understand?”

Me: “Yes.”

(I didn’t know if that meant something else to her, but I only heard “She’s female.” I never saw the lone female that could have be the mystery shopper.)

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