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The Best Boss, I Swear

, , , , | Right | October 30, 2020

I’m a teenager working part-time for a friend of the family who owns his own hole-in-the-wall second-hand bookshop. It’s a very relaxed atmosphere and I usually wear jeans and a T-shirt as I am mostly shelving donations, adding price tags, and sweeping up.

Even though I’ve known the owner my whole life, he’s always very professional in the store since it’s his business. I’ve never looked “mature for my age.” I look exactly like who I am: a skinny, high-school nerd. 

I’m wearing a T-shirt that says, “I solemnly swear I am up to no good,” with lightning bolts and footsteps around it, merchandise from the “Harry Potter” series. An older man walks up to me and sees my T-shirt. He gets a lecherous look on his face.

Old Man: “How about you and me get up to no good together?” *Wink*

I respond automatically and without thinking.

Me: “Eww!”

He gets red in the face and storms off. I hear him shouting at my boss about how I was so rude to him. My boss comes over to me and I’m suddenly worried I’m in trouble.

Boss: “[My Name], this customer tells me you were rude to him but I wanted to get your side of the story.”

I tell him exactly what the customer said to me.

Boss: *Absolutely explodes* “She’s only fifteen, you sick f***! Get the h*** out of my store!” *Turns back to me* “If you want to tell your parents what happened today, I’ll totally back you up. But could you maybe leave out the part where I swore in front of you?”

I worked there for years and never heard him say anything more severe than “darn it” the whole time. But I loved that the swear word was what he thought my parents would choose to focus on.