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    He’s A Paid In The A**

    | Wellington, New Zealand | Bad Behavior, Bigotry, Bosses & Owners

    (I was hired to work as a barista/waitress for a cafe and restaurant. On my first day I’m warned by one of the other workers that it can be difficult to get the boss to pay you on time. The chefs are all from India and have very little English. The boss is also Indian with excellent English, but the front of house staff are all New Zealand women. After several weeks of issues with pay not being paid on Thursday like promised, and only getting paid for 20hrs instead of 40, I quit.)

    Me: “Here is my letter of resignation.”

    Boss: “But you can’t leave! You’re my best worker!”

    Me: “But you don’t pay me correctly!”

    Boss: “You white girls, wanting to get paid every week!” *laughs*

    Me: “…”

    (I found out a few weeks later that not only had he taxed me and didn’t declare it but he also declared bankruptcy.)

    A Big Bouquet Of Bigotry

    | Australia | Bigotry, Employees

    (It is Mother’s Day.)

    Florist: “Wow you must really love your mother to buy her two bouquets.”

    Me: “Actually I have two mothers. One is my…”

    Florist: “They’re lesbians? Gross. Disgusting.”

    Me: “What? That is very rude.”

    Florist: “It’s sick behaviour.”

    Me: “I’m not buying from you.” *starts leaving* “My mothers aren’t lesbians. My birth mother passed away and I have a stepmother.”

    Florist: “Oh, no problem with that. Sorry I jumped to conclusions. Come back here.”

    Me: “Seriously?” *walks out for good*

    Talking BS About Your DS

    | Columbus, OH, USA | Bigotry, Employees, Technology

    (I’m with my fiancé at a local game store. The 3DS will be released soon and I’m looking at the display model.)

    Worker: *sarcastically* “Is there anything I can help you with, miss?”

    Me: “Nope, just looking at the 3DS. I’m still using the original one and I think it’s finally time I upgraded.”

    (Another worker has come by at this point and they both roll their eyes.)

    Worker #2: “Yeah, girls are always saying they have the original DS and we’re like ‘no, b****, you have the DS Lite; the original is a great brick. Go back to playing Kitchen Mama!'”

    Me: “Oh! I’m so sorry. I must be mistaken. I could have sworn that’s exactly what mine looked like!”

    (I take out my ‘grey brick’ of a DS and pretend to look confused.)

    Me: “Maybe I should get my eyes checked?”

    (Both workers turn bright red.)

    Me: “It’s not the 90s anymore, boys. Girls play video games now. Get used to it and grow up!”

    Caught In A Chinese Language Trap

    | USA | At The Checkout, Bigotry, Coworkers, Language & Words

    (My father had an Asian coworker who worked front-house at the rib shack he works at. One day a customer walks in and is extremely rude to him. The coworker speaks perfect English, having been born in America.)

    Customer: *very slowly and loudly* “I WOULD LIKE TO ORDER [ITEM]!”

    Coworker: *asks him to repeat his order in scattered English*

    Customer: *even louder* “I WOULD LIKE TO ORDER [ITEM].”

    Coworker: *asks him to repeat in even more scattered English*

    (This goes on for some time, and the coworker decides that the louder the customer says his order, the less English he knows. The coworker ends up shouting very angry-sounding Chinese very quickly, punctuating it with sharp arm movements. The customer leaves out of frustration.)

    Dad: *after he finally stops laughing* “What were you shouting at that guy, anyway?”

    Coworker: “I think it was an old fairy tale my parents used to tell me. It’s basically the Chinese version of Sleeping Beauty.”

    Guys And Dolls

    | Brisbane, QLD, Australia | At The Checkout, Bigotry, Employees

    (I’m with my six-year-old son in a toy store. He’s doing very well in kindergarten so I thought I’d buy him a new toy as a reward. We go down the aisle to the toys for kids his age.)

    Me: “Now, [Son], what kind of toy would you like?”

    (My son grins and hurries down to a well known brand doll with long blonde hair and a blue summer dress.)

    Son: “Can I have this one, Mummy?”

    (He’s never asked for a doll before, but he’s borrowed his friend’s dolls in play dates so I am not surprised. It was a little pricier than some of the others but I could afford it, so I nod and smile and we head to the counter. At the counter my son hands the doll to the cashier.)

    Son: “Just this today, please.”

    (The cashier smiles at my son and begins to scan the doll.)

    Cashier: “Who’s this doll for? A lady friend?” *he winks jokingly*

    Son: *laughs* “No, it’s for me. I like brushing the lady’s hair.”

    (The cashier freezes halfway through scanning the doll.)

    Cashier: “Excuse me for a minute.”

    (He leaves, taking the doll with him. My son and I are both confused but we wait. A few minutes later a man comes out of the back room with the cashier.)

    Manager: “I’m the manager of this store, ma’am. What seems to be the problem?”

    Me: *blinking in surprise* “Problem? I don’t have a problem.”

    Cashier: “She wanted to buy this for her son.” *he holds up the doll*

    Manager: *frowns* “Yes?”

    Cashier: “Boys don’t play with dolls!”

    (My son now looks worried that he might not get the doll and looks really sad.)

    Son: “I do. I like brushing their hair and changing their clothes.”

    Cashier: *looks affronted* “But—”

    Manager: “Why don’t you take inventory and I’ll finish up here?”

    Cashier: “But—”

    Manager: “Now!”

    (The cashier hurries off to the back room.)

    Manager: “Sorry about that. I have no idea what got into my cashier. I’ll have a talk with him.”

    (We’ve been back to the store several times since then, but I never saw that cashier again.)

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