The Crushing Weight Of Gender Stereotypes

, , , | Right | January 1, 2021

Part of my job at a grocery store is bagging groceries, as well as doing carryouts. One old lady is in line and is buying a large case of bottled water, which are pretty heavy. I’m female and 5’4″, but I have no trouble lifting the cases of water.

Cashier: “Here’s your receipt. Would you like some help out today?”

Old Lady: “Yes, please. The water is very heavy.”

Cashier: “All right. [My Name] will be glad to help you out.”

Old Lady: “Oh. Are you sure? Maybe you should ask one of the boys to do it.”

Me: “I can assure you, ma’am, that I have no trouble lifting those waters. I’m more than happy to help you out.”

Old Lady: “But they’re very heavy. Maybe one of the boys can do it.”

Cashier: “[My Name] does it all the time. She’s pretty strong.”

Old Lady: “I guess.”

I push her cart to her car for her and begin loading her groceries in. I lift the case of water into her car with ease.

Old Lady: “It’s heavy, isn’t it?”

Me: “It’s not too bad. I have to lift them all the time so I’m used to the weight.”

Old Lady: “Sure.”

She didn’t tip me like most customers do when I do a carryout. I didn’t expect a tip; she seemed nasty from the start.

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