Category: Bigotry

Burst Their Bubble Tea

| Ithaca, NY, USA | Bigotry, Employees, Food & Drink

(I attend a college with a high population of Asian students, which means that the surrounding commercial area has a lot of Asian shops and restaurants that are usually staffed by Asian workers. A new bubble tea place opens, so I decide to stop by on my way to my boyfriend’s apartment one day. Bubble tea can come with “bubbles,” which are very chewy and round, or “jellies,” which are firmer and rectangular. Note: I am white, and my boyfriend is half-Asian and speaks perfect Mandarin.)

Me: “Hi, can I get a mango green tea with bubbles, please?”

Cashier: “We can’t do that. All of our drinks come pre-made. The mango green tea comes with jellies.”

Me: “Oh, um… Can I add bubbles with the jellies, then?”

Cashier: “It’s $0.50 extra.”

Me: “Okay, whatever.”

(They make my drink and I take it back to my boyfriend’s place. I explain to him what happened, and tell him what I’d like to do next. We go back to the tea shop the next day. My boyfriend goes up to the counter and orders in Mandarin while I lurk out of sight. A couple minutes later, he brings me my drink.)

Boyfriend: “I asked for a mango green tea with bubbles and they just asked what size. And their drinks aren’t pre-made; they make them in the back from scratch!”

(Now every time I want a bubble tea, my boyfriend has to order it for me or the workers try to give me something I don’t want!)

Don’t Even Ink About Being Racist

| St Louis, MO, USA | Bad Behavior, Bigotry, Coworkers

(I am a Hispanic woman and my coworkers are of various races. I have to write down a list of names for the swimming schedules when my pen, with blue ink, breaks before I write the last name.)

Me: “Great.”

(I write the last name with a black pen, before I sign my name at the bottom. A black coworker comes past.)

Coworker #1: “Hey, what’s THAT?”

Me: “What do you mean?”

Coworker #1: “Oh, you WELL know what I mean!”

(She jabs a finger at the last name.)

Coworker #1: “That’s [Coworker #2]! You’re racist!”

(I have written my black coworker’s name in black ink, where everyone else, who happens to be white, Hispanic, and Chinese, aren’t.)

Me: “No, I’m not. The pen ran—”

Coworker #1: “Oh, no, don’t you start excusing. I’m going to get [Managers] on you!”

(She ran off, shrieking their names. I’m not punished at all after they laugh about it, all while my coworker was yelling about how ‘everyone she works with are god-d*** racists.’)

The War Against Sexism

| Manchester, England, UK | Bigotry, Coworkers, History

(I’m an Irish woman but often travel to a mostly male UK office for work. One coworker thinks he is hilarious and tells me either a sexist or an Irish joke every time I visit. I always laugh it off or ignore him. One morning he is trying harder than usual to get a reaction and I am totally ignoring him until:)

Coworker: “All I’m saying is, a hundred years ago women didn’t have the vote and we had an empire. Now women have the vote and we don’t have an empire.”

Me: “Well, you shouldn’t have lost all those wars, then!”

Other Coworkers: *loud laughter*

(The funniest part is a few months later I met him outside of the office, with his wife. He never said a single sexist thing in front of her and seemed terrified I might tell her what he’s like in the office. I was nothing but polite and he left me alone after that.)

Wish You Could Doctor What You Said

| Sydney, NSW, Australia | Bigotry, Health & Body

(A meet-and-greet is full of older male doctors and a male pharmaceutical rep. Note I am female and in my 30s. Also, nurses don’t attend these events as a rule.)

Me: “Hello.”

Rep: “Hi. You must be one of the nurses.”

Me: “Ah, no. I am one of the doctors. Welcome to the 21st century.”

(He did apologise!)

Needs To Retire That Attitude

| Auckland, New Zealand | Bad Behavior, Bigotry, Job Seekers

(I’ve been applying for jobs for about three months and on Monday receive a very interesting call. I answer in three rings.)

Caller:“That took long enough! Is this [My Name]?”


Caller:“I’m [Caller] from [Company I have applied to], just touching base on an idea we’ve had here at HR… Now, first of all, due to your being elderly, we can’t in good faith offer you the job… right?”

Me:“Well, I’m—”

Caller:“Exactly, good of you to be understanding! Now, the good thing is you have a lot of experience, and as most elderly need to pass that on to younger people and anyway, they like working voluntarily. We decided to offer you the chance to come in here, three or four days a week and train the young staff. Better than just stepping aside for them, eh?”

Me:“So, I won’t actually be paid for this?”

Caller: “Oh, s***, no! Not worth the cost of paying for all your sick days; you elderly have all those troubles, right? No, it’s entirely a voluntary position.”

Me: *feeling a touch insulted* “I’ll have to talk to [Government Employment Department] about doing that, but I’ll consider it.”

Caller: “Oh, no need to bring in those [homophobic slur]s in that [ethnic slur] bunch! My number’s [Number], call me before Christmas if you feel grateful for the chance!”

(I have yet to call her back. For information, I was born in 1965.)

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