New submitter here!
Hi! I’ve been following your blog for a while now and I’ve been wanting submit a few incidents that have happened at my store (I’m a courtesy clerk) so here’s one that I constantly think of.
So, like I mentioned above, I work in a grocery store as a courtesy clerk. This store in particular is in a town where the majority of the people are upper middle class Caucasian families, which means that I get a lot of… comments, specifically from the men. More so because I am a 5'3 19yr old Mexican girl and I don’t quite fit in… Anyway back to the incident.
So as part of my job, I have to clear the parking lot of shopping carts, the maximum amount of carts is six, mostly for safety reasons but I once found out I was strong enough to push in ten. (That will be important later on in my story.) This particular evening, I was pushing four carts towards the store because
A) they were the closest to the door and I figured, eh why not
B) I was just too lazy to walk further into the lot
C) it was dark out already and even though I was wearing a reflective vest, people can’t seem to see me in it (But that’s another story!)
Anyway, as I’m pushing four carts to the door, this older white man (early fifties maybe, I don’t know) sees me and kinda chuckles at the sight of a short Mexican girl wearing an oversized reflective vest pushing multiple carts back into the store. He starts walking beside me and says “aawww, aren’t those too heavy for you sweetie? Are you sure you can handle them?” Now, I get it, sometimes people say things like this just to start conversations and just be friendly but that particular shift was one of the more stressful ones because it was between thanksgiving and Christmas and it was my last hour so I was just done with people and I wasn’t dealing with old white men trying to be conversational. So I looked at him dead in the eye with my best customer service smile and said “sir, I can push in up to ten carts at a time” right away his smile disappeared and he frowned and mumbled “well aren’t you a little show off.”
Did it bother me? Yes, the whole interaction did.
Do I regret my comment? Not one bit.
Was I thinking of hitting him with ten carts when he walked out? Yes.
Am I overreacting? Probably.
But I honestly don’t understand why people make stupid comments like that, especially to employees who are just trying to get through their shift without any sass or attitude from customers.
So in short (TLTR or something like that): white guy tried to make a stupid comment at the end of of a shitty shift, I shut him down and he got butthurt.
Moral of the story: Don’t make stupid comments to retail employees.