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If I Could Stop Laughing, I’d Be Offended!

I work a shitty job by choice. My IQ isn’t genius level, but it’s above average. 

Yet, I work in a cafe. I wear an ugly green shirt, and a baseball cap, so people probably view me as ‘simple’.  I loved my former job but it consumed me. I made good money, but wasn’t satisfied with the schedule. How can a person sustain working until 1 a.m. while returning to work at 8 a.m. the next day? I couldn’t,so it was time to find something less stressful, while I endeavor to grow my EBay business.

But the cafe customers don’t know this. They don’t know my background, or that I’m an avid reader. They don’t know that many of my colleagues are college-educated, and are also in flux. They just see the uniform, and assume that we all ride the short bus to work.

Yesterday, my co-worker processed a woman’s lunch order. Her change was a penny, and when he went to give it back to her, she said, “Keep it, you need it more than I do.” Ouch! Luckily this guy is quick-witted, so he was able to force her to take the penny while replying, “Nah, I don’t.”

Another co-worker of mine has retired from the corporate sector. While trying to ring  a man’s order up, she found that the Internet was down. While waiting for it to connect to the server, she explained that our system wasn’t engaging with the server. “Well, that’s a big word”, the man said. wanted to say, “well that’s condescending” but she just smiled. Supercilious is a word that also means pompous-ass. This guy was super-supercilious! And, yes, I just googled synonyms for condescending, but you get my drift.

I’m currently reading The Kite Runner, and one of its main characters is a man who’d come from great wealth, but is now working an extremely blue-collar job after relocating to America. 

I think you get my gist. 

Never assume, because in doing so, you’ll make an ass out of u and me!

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19 thoughts on “If I Could Stop Laughing, I’d Be Offended!

  1. That was a surprising read. I had no idea people looked down on servers/wait staff because I certainly don’t do it. I walked into an eatery at midnight one night and the staff got on me about not visiting more often. They are genuinely nice people and I know that because I talk to them. Also, the multi millionaire owner and his children work in several branches as staff, wearing the same uniform and do not wear tags that say, “Owner” or “Heiress.” I brought a friend of mine to visit; he was the member of a certain royal family, and the staff were prepared. The food was halal (in a country where that muslims are a miniscule minority) and all the ingredients were checked at the source to make sure there was no cross contamination. That was done on my behalf, not his. It is a good idea to be nice to people in general.

    • I love that the owners wear the same uniform as their staff. That really speaks volumes about their character. I guess there’s always going to be a ‘cast system’ mentality to a certain extent, no matter where you go. Now that I’m thinking about it, I imagine uniforms play a large part in that. Fortunately, the moments of being looked down upon are isolated. Most of our guests are regulars who we see everyday. We greet each other by name, and we know most of their orders by heart. I actually like my job because of that. I just had a bit of a sour taste in my mouth when I wrote this post!

      • I can totally understand how you feel. I hope you never have to hear that kind of nonsense ever again. I wrote about something similar last month. It took one dude two days to discover he’d insulted the convenor of a conference to which he was invited as a special guest. I paid him extra attention at the request of a colleague. I didn’t have a name tage with my titles or my resume so he just stopped at my toffee complexion and nationality and ran with that. Everyone addressed me by my first name until the last day when it was my turn to give a speech. You should have seen his face.

      • That’s so kind of you to say. It’s a shame about your conference experience, but I hope you were able to relish that moment when your ‘true identity’ was revealed. It’s conjuring up a vivid image of Superman ripping open his shirt to display the “S” on his chest! I would have loved to have seen your esteemed guest’s expression.

  2. Yep, never assume. One of my favourite doctors I have ever worked with (I am a nurse) worked as a cleaner at the casino while he was waiting for all his paper work and visa stuff to be approved.
    But in any case, everyone deserves to be treated with respect.

    • So true. I think I stumbled away from my point by mentioning that some of us are in flux. People should be treated with respect no matter what they do for a living, even if there’s no back up plan! Thanks for adding your thoughts.😊

  3. There are so many of those people thinking they are superior or so much better!! I dress the way I like and I don’t own expensive brands. I make my own bags, I don’t wear make up and I come from a third world country. Apparently those are reasons for some assholes to think that I’m not worth anything, that I’m ignorant and poor. I will not write my experiences with a mother at the former school because I believe it’ll turn around your stomach. But you should have seen her face when she heard me speaking several languages and discover that I had a college degree.
    I don’t need the glitter to show others that I can shine 🙂

  4. I’m always shocked when I see/hear people treat others in such a way. How hard is it to just smile and be nice? Glad you and your co-workers are above the ignorance of others.

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