Category: Bigotry

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The Homeless Is About To Make Him Jobless

| Denver, CO, USA | Bad Behavior, Bigotry, Coworkers

(Our office building has a shared conference room that is open to any of the businesses in the building to use. We usually hold morning meetings in there but today another company has reserved it. All of the employees of that company in the conference room happen to be either Indian or African-American and are all dressed in business casual. One of my coworkers arrives and goes to the conference room, notices it isn’t our employees in there, and comes to our office with a worried look on his face.)

Coworker: “Hey, man, did you notice there are a bunch of homeless people in the conference room?”

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Colorfully Obscene

| Germany | Bad Behavior, Bigotry, Coworkers

(I and some of my coworkers are having a chat, when someone mentions a famous gay celebrity.)

Coworker #1: “Don’t mention that [homophobic slur] in my presence! It’s better to talk about [Black Celebrity].”

Coworker #2: “Don’t mention that [racial slur] in my presence!”

(A new coworker looks shocked, so I explain.)

Me: “[Coworker #1] is black, [Coworker #2] is openly gay, and both have the same bad sense of humor.”

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Doesn’t Understand The Modern Layout Of Society

| Atlanta, GA, USA | Bad Behavior, Bigotry, Bosses & Owners

(My manager is well-known for being passive-aggressive and for giving people he isn’t pleased with unpleasant assignments in place of actually talking to them about the issue. I’m well-known around the office for being devoutly religious in a very conservative sect.)

Coworker #1: “You must’ve ticked [Manager] off.”

Me: “Oh? Why?”

Coworker #1: “He’s assigned you to work with [Coworker #2] on book layouts. [Coworker #2] is hideously anal on those layouts. Not to mention, well, you know…”

Me: “Gay. Yes, I’d noticed.”

Coworker #1: *laughs* “Yeah. Good luck.”

(Fast forward six weeks: Coworker #2 and I are hitting it off and banging out the layouts in record time. Cue my manager glaring at me.)

Manager: “You seem to be doing well.”

Coworker #2: “Yeah, we are. It’s wonderful to finally work with someone who appreciates the amount of effort that goes into making these books look right. Do you know how hard it is to find someone who can take instruction and criticism without getting his panties in a wad?”

Manager: “And there hasn’t been any problems, with, uh… his religious beliefs?”

Coworker #2: *raises eyebrow* “Should there be?”

Manager: “Uh, no…” *wanders off*

Me: “Think we should explain to him that my brother’s gay?”

Coworker #2: “Nah, let the jerk stew.”

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