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. C 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!