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    Always Comes In Threes

    | IN, USA | Employees, Family & Kids

    (I’m stocking shelves near the electronics section as my coworker talks to a father and daughter about tablets.)

    Coworker: “Well, you could probably get away with the smallest model, seeing as you’re, what, 16?”

    Daughter: “Er, actually I’m 19.”

    Coworker: “…oh. Sorry, you looked younger.”

    Daughter: “Haha, that’s okay. It happens all the time.”

    Coworker: *turns to me* “You’re 19, right? What kind of tablet do you think would be best for her?”

    Me: *in mock outrage* “I’m 22!”

    Coworker: *face-palm*

    Father: *laughing* “At least he’s consistent!”

    Pride, Twinned With Stupidity

    | Montreal, QC, Canada | Employees, Family & Kids, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (This takes place back in the ’60s, before pre-natal exams included ultrasounds. My mom is six months pregnant and goes to see her doctor.)

    Nurse: *to doctor* “Sir, I think I heard a second heartbeat.”

    Doctor: *to nurse, patronizingly patting her on the shoulder* “No, sweetie, that’s just an echo. That’s why I am the doctor!”

    (Flash forward three months, mom is in labour and voila, my sister is born.)

    Doctor: *to my mother* “Don’t go anywhere, there’s another one coming!”

    (Yes, thanks to the doctor’s refusal to listen to a mere female nurse, my mother had precisely three minutes’ notice she was having twins.)

    Good Clean Mommy Issues

    | PA, USA | Bizarre/Silly, Coworkers, Family & Kids

    Sign In Break Room: *week #1* “YOUR MOMMY DOESN’T WORK HERE. CLEAN UP YOUR OWN TRASH AND DISHES PLEASE!”

    (The next week a sharpie-scribbled message has appeared on the sign in the break room:)

    Sign In Break Room: *week #2* “ACTUALLY, MY MOMMY DOES WORK HERE.”

    (Rumors circulate among the employees, and are confirmed, that one of the new ride attendants this summer is the teenage son of a longstanding member of the HR building’s cleaning staff.)

    New Sign In Break Room: *week #3* “EVEN IF YOUR MOMMY WORKS HERE, SHE’S NOT GETTING PAID ENOUGH TO CLEAN UP AFTER YOU. PLEASE DUMP YOUR OWN TRASH AND WASH YOUR DISHES. THANKS. :-)”

    Young And Fertile Versus Old And Misogynistic

    | Norway | Family & Kids, Health & Body, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (I have a skin condition on my hands and feet that is quite bad, so bad that for periods I cannot walk or use my hands at all. I’m at my dermatologist asking to try another type of medicine. My husband already uses this medicine for his arthritis. I’m at this point 22, I’m a woman, and my doctor is a man in his fifties.)

    Me: “So, I really want to try out [Medicine], since what we’ve tried so far hasn’t really helped.”

    Doctor: “I can see that. But, on these medicines, you cannot get pregnant as long as you are on them, and you need to stop them for two years before getting pregnant, as they are harmful to a fetus.”

    Me: “Yes, I know that, because my husband is already on these same medicines. We don’t want children anytime soon, so that is no problem for us.”

    Doctor: “No, I don’t want to give these meds to young, fertile women. You could change your mind about wanting children in a couple of months, and I don’t want to be responsible for you damaging your child.”

    Me: “But, we already know this. My husband has been on these medicines since he was 16. We don’t want children now; we don’t know if we ever want children at all!”

    Doctor: “I don’t give out these medicines to fertile, young women. They can harm a fetus and you’ve got to wait to years after stopping them before you can get pregnant.”

    Me: “I KNOW. But we already HAVE this limit because of my husband. AND we don’t want children now, and maybe never. And that aside, how on earth am I supposed to be able to care for a child when I cannot even walk without help due to my illness?!”

    Doctor: “I don’t give out these medicines to young, fertile women, because they can harm a fetus.”

    (It took me three months to talk him into actually prescribing me the medicines I desperately needed. And in the end I switched to another doctor that’s three hours drive away, just to get someone who was actually willing to help me.)

    Baby(sits) Well With Me

    | USA | Employees, Family & Kids

    (I’m interviewing with a couple to babysit their three kids. The wife has been doing all of the talking, while the husband just leans against the counter.)

    Wife: *turning to her husband* “Hun, do you have any questions for her?”

    Husband: *he is covered in tattoos and seems extremely laid back* “Look, I just want to know that you’re not gonna kill my kids.”

    Me: “Well, I don’t have any plans to currently, but you never know. Things can change.”

    Husband: *laughs* “I like you.”


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