They’ll Get It In A Minute

, , , , | Right | December 6, 2017

(I work at an amusement park. I’m just heading on my break when a guest approaches me.)

Guest: “Excuse me, what time does [ride] open?”

Me: “Eleven o’clock.”

Guest: “And what time is it now?”

Me: “Twenty-five minutes to eleven.”

Guest: “So, how long do I have to wait?”

Bagpipes Are A Scottish Instrument But Welcome To All

, , , , , , , | Friendly | December 5, 2017

(I am out and about in town when I hear someone talking loudly. I turn down the high street and there is a man stood on the steps of a monument, addressing the people. I stop to listen and slowly realise the man is making racist remarks about Muslims, saying that they should leave and other rubbish. I am dumbfounded, and can see from looking around that others are either pointedly ignoring him or throwing him nasty looks. I opt to just ignore him and move on. That’s when I hear a familiar but faintly annoying noise. I stop to look and sure enough, a young lad, probably around 15, comes into view playing the bagpipes. Other people stop and stare as this teenager walks down the street towards that man. The boy gets up next to him and continues, completely drowning out the man. The man gets annoyed and moves. The lad follows, playing away.)

Man: *yelling* “It’s my right to speak my mind!”

Boy: *stops playing and retorts* “And it’s my right to play the bagpipes in a public space!”

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Just Another Pain That Gay People Suffer

, , , , | Learning | December 5, 2017

Friend: “Can I try something with you?”

Me: “What is it?”

(She grabs my arm and I pull back. I see something shiny in her hand and lean away from her as much as I can.)

Me: “What the h*** are you doing?!”

Friend: “I wanted to poke you with a needle.”

Me: “WHY?!”

Friend: “Because I read that gay people have an autonomic response that stops them bleeding.”

Me: “Where the h*** did you read that, 4chan?!”

Friend: “Yahoo.”

Me: “Well, it’s wrong. Completely wrong!”

(She tried to convince me to do it, but I flat out refused and moved to another seat. There were two other gay people in our lecture that we both knew about. I heard one of them yelp a few minutes later. I wish I was joking…)

You Can’t Snake Around This Behavior

, , , | Learning | December 5, 2017

(My son has a pet snake that his younger sister adores. She is only seven, but she already wants to work with them when she’s older. Her class has a school trip to a local zoo, which has a reptile exhibit. My daughter is extremely excited about it the morning of the trip, but comes home early with a teacher. She has been crying, and she runs up to her bedroom before saying a word. The teacher asks to have a word with me.)

Teacher: “Your daughter has an unhealthy obsession that you need to correct.”

Me: “Sorry, I don’t follow.”

Teacher: “SNAKES! It’s all she would talk about! The first place she wanted to go was the snake exhibit!”

Me: “And that’s a problem? She wants to work with them when she’s older.”

Teacher: “I hate them! It isn’t normal. I told her never to speak of them again, or I would send her home.”

Me: “Is that why you brought her home? Did she even see the exhibit?”

Teacher: “Of course not. I don’t encourage deviant behaviour!”

Me: “No, you just crushed my daughter’s aspirations to work with animals because of your own opinions about them. The exact opposite of what a teacher should do.”

Teacher: *blushes*

Me: “I’ll be speaking with the school before I move her to a better school. Now if you could please leave.”

(I called the school the second she left and filed a complaint. In the next week before I removed my daughter, the teacher tried to get her excluded for being aggressive and physically violent with the other kids, which didn’t work, as there were other teachers on the trip too who vouched for me. The last I heard, the teacher was suspended temporarily, and then moved to a role where she didn’t need to work with children, which apparently is common at that school. It has a larger administration staff than teachers. My daughter is much happier at her new school, and my son leaves the snake with her while he is at university.)

Unfiltered Story #101121

, , , | Unfiltered | December 5, 2017

(I am 13 and in a car accident with my grandmother and sister. I get horrendous back pain and whip lash after a man decides it is a great idea to open his car door onto the road. I can’t bend down, and eventually my mum takes me to the local walk-in health centre. We wait for over an hour to see someone and eventually we are taken through to see the nurse. She is a young girl but seems to know what she is doing so when she asks me to take an unwind test, I don’t know any better and provide one for her. A few minutes later she comes back into the room and speaks to my mum.)

Nurse: “Well she isn’t pregnant.”

(I just stare at her for a moment, trying to understand what she is saying. I am a 13-year-old girl and don’t honestly know much about sex, never mind being pregnant. My mum’s mouth gapes open for a few seconds flapping like a fish.)

Mum: “What! I know she’s not pregnant. She was in a car crash and is suffering from pain in her back.”

(The nurse suddenly comes over in realisation of what she has said.)

Nurse: “I’m so sorry, I didn’t realise how old she was”

Mum: “What do you mean you didn’t realise? She’s 13 years old; she’s not a f****** tramp. Oh my god, I can’t believe you just came to that conclusion with her back pain; I even explained to you what the problem was and you still assumed a young smart girl like her would be so f****** stupid?!”

(I shrank away as my mums voice rose over the sound of the curtains, the nurse practically cowaring in the corner and before long my mum was demanding to see another nurse. I will never forget the look of horror on that woman’s face, i’m 25 now and pretty sure i’m still not pregnant. Back pain is gone though.)