tldr: nasty lady who may or may not have been d/Deaf yelled at my coworker scared other customers and pissed off everyone working in the store…
I work at a consignment shop so we have separate counters for purchases/consignments. Customer came in like 3ish hrs before closing and was apparently being difficult before I had to deal with her…I was at the back counter (aaall the way at the far back of the store) trying to finish up a consignment and this customer comes and puts a huge pile of clothes on the counter and starts talking to me about prices and my opinion on purses…so I said “I’m sorry ma'am this isn’t a register I can’t check you out here. You need to bring these up front” and she just keeps talking? So I tried again and she goes “I’m deaf” in a nasty tone of voice and points to her hearing aid so I immediately was like oh my bad and started signing as best I could (I have a decent vocabulary but I taught myself online so I kinda do SEE as I speak with bad grammar?? Kindof?? :///) telling her “sorry I didn’t know u were deaf but u can’t buy these here” and she’s like “I know I was taking a breather” (tf does that even mean???) so then my coworker comes back to help this lady so I can finish helping the consigner. This lady starts yelling at my coworker who is trying to speak to her and she points to me and goes “tell her I’m deaf! She doesnt understand! [turns back to coworker] she telling you I’m deaf do you know what that means?” AND LEANS ACROSS THE COUNTER TO GET IN HER FACE!! And my coworker was like??? Ye?? I got it? Ur deaf??? So I got the lady’s attention and sign/spoke “she understands. Do you lip read?” And the lady keeps raging and not paying attention when my coworker spoke so I got her attention and again sign/spoke “do u lip read” and she goes “I don’t like it when ppl ask if I can lip read” so I was like ok that’s fair and sign/spoke “oh sorry do u want me to sign? Do u want help?” And the lady ignored me meanwhile the consigner is standing there looking shocked so I asked my coworker if she wanted to switch (hint: she did lmao) anyway kept trying to help this lady as she kept handing me stuff. She said she wanted to try things on so I spoke asking her name so I could start her a fitting room (she didn’t say anything so I signed “what your name” and she SPOKE back “name” so I signed “yes, your name” and she just stared at me so I was like ?? How do I sign this?? And literally just signed “need name your clothes room” and prayed to god she understood 😅) but she didn’t tel me her name she just kept muttering to herself and then handed me 2 bags and was like “these ones” so I signed “you want buy both?” And she just started asking me prices?? So I was like ooookay and just pointed to prices on tags cuz idk how to sign numbers over 20 that rnt multiples of 10…anyway that went on for a while and I dumped her stuff in a dressing room my coworker had apparently already started and then gave up the whole situation cuz it was obvious this lady wasn’t gunna cooperate lmao
BUT! I came back in after my shift p near closing to buy some stuff I had on hold and THE LADY WAS STILL!!! THERE!!! that’s almost 3 hrs of hogging a fitting room…like what in the hell?? And she had apparently kept yelling at ppl and being difficult the WHOLE. TIME.
Yeah but the fact that she never once signed back to me and was not looking at me or my coworkers faces when we spoke or tried to keep her attention and she didn’t try to take out any communication device or anything makes me think she was either not deaf and just trying to get sympathy or something?? or was there to purposely cause issues. Like we were doing our best to communicate….how r we supposed to help u if we don’t know if we should sign or speak?
re: America drinking, I always figured he had a fake ID. Cuz I mean, if he drives or anything, he's gonna need a fake ID anyway. You can't get pulled over with "Birthdate: 07/04/1776" and get away with it. He couldn't get away with 1976 nowadays. (I may have thought about this a lot; that he's like "whats the big f'in deal ive lived thru wars im several centuries old & ur not even my real dad Mr. Obama u can't ground me")