(I am 26 years old, and going in a restaurant with my sister. I am also deaf, so she translates for me.)
Me: *signing* “Can I have a [Brand] pizza?”
(The waitress comes up, and my sister orders.)
Sister: “Can I have a chocolate milkshake and [Other Brand] pizza? And she’ll have [Brand) pizza."
(The waitress comes back with our food. My sister soon has to go to the restroom. I am on my own when the waitress comes up. She says something and I try to sign I'm deaf, but she moves her lips again very quickly. I can't understand what she's saying.)
Me: *signing* "Stop!"
(What they say next is what the manager and my sister told me. The manager begins coming up from behind the counter.)
Waitress: "Oh, so you're f****** better than everyone are you? You think you can't say thank you, can you? You ungrateful little b****! I ought to slap you, you b****!"
(She proceeds to raise her fist, and I put my hands up defensively. I am completely surprised.)
Manager: “[Waitress]! Stop that! What’s she done wrong?”
(The waitress turns to the manager.)
Waitress: “I asked her if she was enjoying her meal, and she stared straight ahead! She’s ungrateful! And I bet she won’t pay a tip!”
(My sister comes out the bathroom.)
Sister: “What’s going on?”
Manager: “The waitress was about to attack this woman.”
Sister: “She’s DEAF!”
(My sister signs to me.)
Sister: “It’s okay, [My Name]; everything will be all right.”
Waitress: “Well she should get a hearing aid; not my problem.”
(We never go back there until she moves.)
Deaf To Reason