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    Initial Fears Were Just Comical

    | SC, USA | Bosses & Owners, Theme Of The Month

    (I used to be afraid to go into comic book stores, because as a girl, I worried that I would be judged/mocked for not knowing where my favorite comics were. I finally got up the guts to go into one, but discovered that Transformers comics were in somewhat short supply there. Over the next two months, the following conversations took place:)

    Me: “H-hi… um… Are there any new Transformers comics?”

    Owner: “Afraid not. I don’t order that many because not a lot of people buy them offline. I usually bought an older issue so as not to waste time.”

    (Later that month:)

    Me: “Any Transformers books today?”

    Owner: ” Nothing new.”

    (Still later:)

    Me: “Oh, my gosh! This is the newest issue! I thought these were sold out?”

    Owner: “Nah, I always order extra now.”

    (Then I decided to order a particular series they didn’t carry in the store. An employee rang up my purchase and told me that there was a small extra charge for ordering online.)

    Owner: “Nah, I recognize her. Skip the charge and just put it in next week’s bulk order.”

    (Now he does that every time I order a comic!)

    Affirmative Action: Affirmed

    | Georgia, USA | Bigotry, Bosses & Owners, Geeks Rule, Top

    (I’m the only female who works at this particular comic book store. My boss isn’t particularly happy that I was hired because I’m a woman, and he’s made backhanded and insulting comments since the day I started working there.)

    Customer: “It’s a pretty refreshing change to see a woman here. A pretty one at that!”

    Me: “Thank you, sir. I’m glad I could help you! I think you’ll really be pleased with your selection.”

    Customer: *to my boss* “She was really great. She knew more about the Justice League than I ever did! She introduced me to a couple new lines too. Good job hiring her!”

    My Boss: *in a condescending tone* “Yes, well, she’s our affirmative action, if you get what I’m saying.”

    Me: *to customer* “Here you go, sir. I also included an invite for our free comic book day in a couple of weeks, I hope you can make it back over. We’ll have some I think you’ll really like!”

    Customer: “Thank you! You were a fantastic help.” *to my boss* “Perhaps you should be careful how you speak about your employees. You could offend someone.”

    My Boss: *brushes it off* “Yeah, okay…”

    (A week later, my boss was fired. Turns out the customer was the owner’s brother doing a little secret shopping for him!)