Unhappy Holidays, Part 5

, | Right | December 21, 2016

(I’m the manager at a small neighborhood cell phone shop in the most diverse city in the US. On any given day, I encounter customers from a good dozen different cultures. More than half of my customers are originally from another country or are the first generation born here, and a good percentage of them are Muslim, Buddhist, or Hindu [as is our store owner], and I’m an atheist. I absolutely love the holidays, all of them. Celebrating for any reason is awesome to me, and I like to include everybody so I say “Happy Holidays” unless someone beats me to it and says “Merry Christmas,” then I say “Merry Christmas to you, too.” It is the Sunday before Christmas.)

Me: *to my customer as she and her mother open the door to leave* “Thank you for choosing [Carrier]. You’re going to love the service and if you need any help or have any issues you can stop by anytime and we’ll be glad to help you out. Have a great day and Happy Holidays!”

Customer’s Mother: “It’s Merry Christmas! Merry CHRIST-mas! Not happy holidays. Christ is the reason for the season. We just had the most beautiful service at church about how nobody respects Christ during Christmas anymore!”

Me: “Yes, ma’am, Merry Christmas to you, too!”

Customer: “You don’t have to be so rude, Mom. Maybe she’s Jewish!”


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