(I’m working at my local electronics store as a technician. A customer in her mid-30s walks up with a laptop.)
Customer: “There’s something wrong with my laptop screen. It’s all screwed up!”
Me: “Screwed up like how? Can you please be more specific, ma’am?”
Customer: “I don’t know how to describe it. The picture’s all warped, and there are these funny multicolored lines on it.”
Me: “Well, let me take a look at it…”
(The customer sets the laptop on the counter and I turn it on. As soon as it turns on, it is obvious that the laptop screen is cracked.)
Me: “Wow! It looks like the screen has an internal crack in it. What happened? Did the laptop fall? Was it struck with something?”
(The customer looks at me sheepishly for a few moments, and then she responds.)
Customer: “Last night, I was online and I was eating pistachios. One of them had a really hard shell. So, I took the nut, set it on the laptop, and closed the lid on it so the shell would crack.”
Me: “You tried to crack open a nut with your laptop?!”
Customer: “Well, yeah. I didn’t think a pistachio would break my laptop!”
(Note: Our store sells a lot of larger items that don’t fit in the bags we have. Most cashiers are able to judge what can and cannot fit.)
Me: “So, that’ll be [price].”
Customer: “Can I get a bag for [awkwardly shaped purchase]?”
Me: “We actually don’t have any bags that would be able to fit that.”
Customer: “Oh, you’re just being lazy! Hand me that bag and I’ll make it fit!”
(I hand her the bag as requested as she mumbles about “learning respect”. She struggles to try and fit the bag over the giant box whose edges are jutting out. However, after a few minutes of struggle, she finally gives up.)
Customer: *defeated* “I’ll be paying with debit…”
Customer: “Can you tell me if this pair of pants is discounted?”
(I scan the pants.)
Me: “I’m sorry, but these are full price.”
Customer: “But that sign says, ‘40% Off Jackets and Vests’!” *looks at me expectantly*
Me: “Yes, I can see that.”
Customer: “Then these pants must be 40% off!”
Me: “Ma’am, it’s 40% off jackets and vests.”
Me: “Pants aren’t jackets nor vests.”
Customer: “Really?!” *walks away, perplexed*
So Long, Sexism: This week, we feature five stories of employees dealing with (and often overcoming) sexist remarks from customers!
- The Estrogen Empire Strikes Back:
A sexist fast food customer faces women in power–everywhere!
- The Land Of Milk And Money:
Don’t have a cow, man–ladies understand farming, too.
- Cross-Platform Chromosomes:
Games may be platform-specific, but video gamers are gender neutral!
- Now Accepting Immigrants From Femmerica:
News flash from Bigotland: half of America ain’t American.
- The Spice Girls Have A Lot To Answer For:
Yes, “Ladies go first”–except when they’re cutting in line!
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(I overhear a conversation between a customer and his wife as they are browsing around.)
Wife: “So, do you see anything you like?”
Husband: “No, not really.”
Wife: “Nothing? Why not?”
Husband: “Because I don’t wear clothes!”