Friday, April 28, 2006

You Don't Know Me Mister!

Hi yall.  What a wierd title right?

Well that explains my day at work today.

After my break today I was put on the express line.  This is the line you get into when you are in a hurry.  The sign says 10 items or less. 

A lady came up and put her groceries on the belt and had two people ahead of her.

Now you have got to understand that I know waiting in line is a when people make it to their turn I give them my undivided attention.

I greet them.  Ask them if they found everything they were looking for and ask them if there is anything else we can get for them that they couldn't find.

I chat with them about their day and lives as I am scanning their groceries. I care.

Unbeknowst to me this lady three orders down had a few more than 10 items.

When she got to me and I started scanning her items is when I realized that she had a few more than 10.

No big deal.  No crime done.  I finished scanning her groceries.

When I was almost done a man came to my line with three items.

From the very minute he was there he was giving me looks that could kill and sighing very loudly.

He was mad because the lady before him had more than 10 items.

She smiled at him and said she was sorry that he had to wait.

He grunted at her and snarled.

When it became his turn I did all the normal things that I mentioned above and acted like I didn't get upset by his rude behavior.  Two wrongs don't make a right.

He said:  I thought this was the line for 10 items or less.

I replied:  It is sir, she didn't realize she had a few more until we were almost done with her order.

He grunted at me and rolled his eyes.

About that time a man and his wife came to my line with a cartload full of groceries...we are talking a FULL cart.

Before they started unloading onto the belt I politely pointed out the sign to them letting them know that this was the 10 item or less line.

The man of the couple said:  Oh I am sorry mija (which means little girl in Spanish)  I didn't see the sign.

I said:  That's okay.  And they moved happily to another line.

That is when the poop hit the fan.

This first man blew a gasket.  He started yelling at me that I was prejudice against Mexicans.


He said:  You let that lady go in this line because she iswhite and you wouldn't let that couple do the same thing because they are Mexicans.

I said:  Oh no sir, that is so not true!  Did you see that they had a cart FULL?

He said : It doesn't matter, the only reason that you didn't let them come in your line is because you are prejudice against Mexicans.


I said:  Sir I am sorry if I offended you by my actions but I am just doing my job and had I noticed the lady before you had more than 10 before she put them on the belt I would have told her the same thing.

He said:  No you wouldn't have because you are prejudice against Mexicans.

This is so not me....MISTER YOU DON'T KNOW ME!!!

I would just like to whom it may concern:

I am not prejudice against anyone.  I feel we are all the same.  No matter what our outside appearance, our religion, or our heritage God make us all alike and we are all his children.

As many of you know who read my journal I rent to a couple that is a mixed couple.  He is Black and she is White.  I myself am Itallian.

I was very upset at being accused of being prejudice in any way.

He went to my boss and complained about me.

I guess he was trying to get me fired.

What a jerk.

Ok maybe I am prejudice, but it is against jerks like him who go around and try to start trouble for people who are just trying to make a living and work hard for the money.

So If you know I know you do because I am totally honest with everything I say in here.  Please pray for this jerk and ask God to show him the right path.

Pray for your enemies.

Even if it drives you crazy!



inquestoftruth said...

Miss Barbara....  the man has a chip on his shoulder that he most likely takes out on folks regularly.   Today it was your turn.    Think what a miserable person he must be....and thank God that you are who/what you are!

fasttrack58 said...

Big hugs!!!!
I so know how that one guy just messed up your whole day...
And I know you didn't do anything wrong to offend anyone, even the jerk who deserved it...
Have a better tomorrow!
Linda :)
PS... If it helps, while you were working I sat down for an hour and a half writing an entry to cover the whole week of not writing and when I clicked save, the computer ate it. I was so mad!!! that I dusted and vacuumed and watched "Chicken Little". Now I am back for attempt number two.

am4039 said...

what a jerk, Some people just get there thrills for causing trouble. You are one of the sweetest people and I'm sure your Boss knows that. Sorry about your bad day.

jckfrstross said...

have a good weekend


lifes2odd said...

My job deals with customer service too, I can totally relate. I'm so sorry that happened to you Barbara. Although he made you feel bad just remember it's his problem not anything about you. What a jerk!
Martha :-)

cyandfayedavis said...

I know how upsetting it is to be falsely accused.  Yes, we all know you and we know your heart.  You're being nicer about the whole thing than I would be.  <<<Hugs>>>  Faye

rocketman685434 said...

It dont matter where you go you will always encounter these jerks.(I darent repeat the name we give to em as its slightly rude lol)

queenb8261 said...

I'm not prejudiced, I hate everyone equally. LOL J/K   but I think it's funny. As for "Mister" send his stupid a@#my way. I'll teach him to try to get my sis fired. LOL Have a good weekend.  You're a peach.  Barb  

mawmellow said... are right...that man does NOT know you !!! I know that you love all God's children.....even those with nasty attitudes such as that man !!!  It's hard to love 'em but we are commanded to do so......I hope that your boss knew he was an idiot !  :X

mindercella33 said...

What an idiot, lol. Well you know you have to have at least one jerk a day just to round out the day when you are dealing with the public,lol.  I agree, he needs to be prayed for that he might learn tolerence and not to judge people he knows nothing about. Lol, you  should have told him as he was leaving " sir, I will pray for you". It would have stopped him in his tracks. he would have complained about that too. What are you going to do? Those who know you, know better and those who don't really don't matter. If people choose to judge us there is nothing we can do. I am just glad your boss knows better.
Take care.
                         Cyndy, Mendota,Il.

mtrib2 said...

I am sorry that you had to be the blunt of that guys need for dominance over other's.     I have had a few more than 10 items and was allowed, but with a full cart it is different because it is obvious.    He just wanted to waste your time by him blowing off steam.     I don't know what makes some people tick.    I just hope those are few and far between.   mark

tpiez4me said...

Grrrrrrr some guys are such childish jerks.  He's probably mad cause his wife didn't bring home some beer!  You did well friend!  I know it is tough to bite your least it is for me at some times.
Sharon -

randlprysock said...

Oh wow... that guy musta had a devil in 'em for the moment.  I do get disgusted when people act crazy like that.  Hugs,

butterflies4me04 said...

Aww, Barbara! Is that not a shame when people have to act like that towards you? I've had people tell me I was predudice because I could not do certain things at work ... it's a shame that people have to assume for the worse! sorry to hear about your day!


stansgirl2004 said...

I am so prejudice against idiots
Yo handled it very well
Hugs, Marina