Category: Bigotry


Probably Doesn’t Like Obamacare Either

| PA, USA | Bad Behavior, Bigotry, Coworkers

(I work for a company that stores and processes information for certain Medicaid plans. One of the plans is in New Mexico. We use the United States Postal Service website to verify members’ addresses that are not showing valid in our systems. A coworker is asking me a question about our New Mexico plan.)

Me: “All right, so their address isn’t valid in the system. You’ll need to look it up online to see what it should be.”

Coworker: “Is there a website we can use like [Other Plan]?”

Me: “Yeah… You need to use USPS, same as the other plans.”

Coworker: “We can use that even in New Mexico?”

Me: “[Coworker], what does ‘USPS’ stand for?”

Coworker: “Oh! Yeah, I forgot New Mexico was part of the US.”

Me: “Oh…”

Coworker: “Because I don’t like Mexico.”


Trump Telemarketing

| NC, USA | Bad Behavior, Bigotry

(My parents immigrated to the US a few years before my sister and I were born and went through all the red tape to get their citizenship legally. Even though it’s been twenty plus years my mom still speaks with an accent and some broken English when stressed. One afternoon a telemarketer calls and my mom, in a hurry to go pick up my youngest sister from school, answers without looking at the caller ID.)

Mom: “Hello?

Telemarketer: “Hello, are you interesting in improving your home security?”

Mom: “No, thank you, ma’am. Can you please no call here? Good bye.”

(Not a minute later the telemarketer called back, but this time got the answering machine. She screamed and cussed at my mom for hanging up; she then started threatening to call immigration and get her “Mexican a**” deported. My older sister called the company back later and reported the woman. I’m not a hateful person, but I hope she was fired.)


Cracks In The Foundations Of Our Society

| USA | Bad Behavior, Bigotry, Employees

(I need to buy some foundation for stage makeup. As I don’t usually wear too much makeup, I don’t really know how to pick a foundation tone. I know that if I go to an expensive makeup store they will be able to help me determine which one to buy, but don’t know that I want to spend that much money for foundation not for everyday wear or anything, so I go to a chain department store. When I get there, I realize there are even more choices than I thought. There is a female employee walking around the cosmetics area with a tag that says, “Cosmetics Expert.” Seeing as she is a Muslim woman in a khimar veil, I am surprised by this, but silently reprimand myself for judging and decide to ask her.)

Me: “Hi, I was wondering if you could help me out.”

Worker: “What do you need?”

Me: “I need help deciding on a product.” *I lead her over to where all of the foundations are* “I am very bad with makeup and I don’t know to match foundation to skin tone. Which do you think is the best one for me?”

(I am of Danish and Scottish descent, mostly, and am quite pale. But I’m also outdoorsy so I do have some sun darkening — as much as Danish/Scottish people can sun darken.)

Worker: *without missing a beat, very annoyed at the question* “I don’t know. White person?”

Me: *stunned silence*

(Dear “Cosmetics expert,” I am not angry at you. I actually feel very sorry for you that your employer decided to just slap a badge on you that called you a cosmetics expert when you were under the impression that foundation was sold by race, and put you in a place where you were incapable of feeling like you have succeeded at your job.)


Dishwasher Squasher

| Lansing, MI, USA | Bigotry, Employees

(It is apartment hunting time, so my roommate (who is female) and two of our friends (one male, one female who are engaged and moving in together) go look at some places. I was not with them, but my roommate told me about what happened.)

Tour Guide: *who is male* “…and here’s the kitchen. You can see it’s set up a little differently than in [other apartment style].”

Male Friend: “So this style doesn’t have a dishwasher?”

Tour Guide: “No… although if you’re moving in with her—” *gestures to female friend* “—you’ll have one!” *laughs and looks at them expecting them to laugh*

Roommate & Friends: *speechless*

(For the rest of the tour, our female friend made a point of taking the lead and asking all the questions while her fiancé played the submissive boyfriend, and my roommate just glared. At least the guide seemed to realize he’d messed up and acted awkward. At the end of the tour my roommate spoke to the guide’s supervisor, but he was apparently not fired, since she saw him again when she went in to complain about our Internet being slow — and he just explained that “it’ll be faster if you plug into the wall instead of using WiFi” as if she didn’t know that.)


White Lies Matter

| Baton Rouge, LA, USA | Bigotry, Coworkers

Coworker: “So, I tried to tell a little white lie.”

Me: “Why does it have to be a WHITE lie?”

Coworker: “Because when y’all tell them, they believe you.”

Me: “Touché.”

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