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, , , , , , , , | Working | June 29, 2023

A man comes to the store every Friday morning, gets the same grocery items, and comes through my line. 

Week 1:

Man: “I was going to ask you to dinner, but I see that diamond on your hand.”

Me: “Yeah, I’m married.”

Man: “I don’t think you’re old enough for me, anyway. You don’t look it. But I could woo a younger woman.”

Me: *Uncomfortable* “Okay. Well, your total is [amount].”

Man: “But if you get divorced, you let me know.”

Me: “Have a nice day, sir.”

Week 2:

Man: “Still married?”

Me: “Yup.”

Man: “Still not having dinner with me?”

Me: “Nope.”

Man: “D***. One of these days, you will be divorced.”

Me: “I hope not. Your total is [amount].”

Man: “We’ll see. I didn’t think I’d be divorced, either.”

I tell management about him, but since he has accepted that I am married and hasn’t pressed to the point of causing a scene, they don’t do anything about it.

Week 3:

Man: “I drank a pot of coffee this morning and still forgot something.”

Me: “Oh.”

Man: “Don’t you want to know what it is?”

I shrug.

Man: “Your phone number! For when you get divorced, so I can be your first date.”

Me: “I’m not getting divorced. Your total is [amount].”

Man: “You’ll see.”

I go to management again, and they still refuse to do anything about it. All they can say is that if I am so uncomfortable, I can just put on my customer service smile and politely decline.

Week 4:

Man: “What’s this sale about?”

Me: “It’s buy two, get one on all [Brand] items.”

Man: “Oh. I don’t care about [Brand]. I’m fifty, and I’m divorced. I only care about one thing, and you’re still married, so I can’t get it from you.”

Me: “Yes, I am.”

Man: “Unless you want to?”

Me: “No.”

Man: “Oh. Have you ever done coke?”

Me: “No. Your total is [amount].”

Man: “You’re missing out. Can I get your number yet?”

Me: “No.”

Man: “Someday you’ll change your mind.”

Me: “I won’t. Please leave.”

I told management again, and they still did nothing. It wasn’t until the man called the store and said I had been unprofessionally short with him that they suddenly cared about our interactions. I was given a verbal warning for my behavior, and I decided before the meeting was even over that I was not going back to that store after that.

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