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April 5th, 2006


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05:02 pm - Insert obscure Ike Willis reference here
You know how sometimes somebody posts a story on their livejournal about something that actually happened to them, but you discount it as a fabrication because it's just unlikely? This is one of those.

I went to OfficeMax yesterday on my lunchbreak, and was followed around the store by an African American gentelman doing an exaggerated King Fish accent. He kept saying things like "white boy ain't gonna buy no stylus" and "say there white boy, you gon' buy a stylus for your Pocket PC? No sir, no how. I don't need one." and "I'll just be passin' on by the stylus display."

It was kind of unnerving because he was definitely following me and definitely directing it at me, but it was meant to be a one-sided conversation. I was working on deciding whether I should just leave (understand, I hadn't endured this longer than a minute and a half -- and that's a generous estimate) when I rounded a corner. Another sales associate dodged out of my way, and as he did so he shot a glance at the other guy which looked like a "please don't do this to our customers" sort of glance. A moment later I realized that I was no longer being followed.

I finished my shopping and was standing in line when the guy who'd been following me opened another register and said he could help me. I brought my stuff over there, paid for it, and was just turning to leave when he said, "Honey, did you sell that white boy a stylus for his PDA? Mmm mmm. No ma'am, he just wanted some labels for his printer."

So um... how should I have dealt with that?
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From:tempermemad
Date:April 5th, 2006 10:31 pm (UTC)

I am one to live and let live

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but rampant racism of any sort in a business atmosphere is completely ludicrous. I would have called the manager. It is perchance he wants to get fired too. I would have said something, but that's just me.
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From:jinxedkisses
Date:April 6th, 2006 12:21 am (UTC)

Re: I am one to live and let live

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I agree...if it were the other way around and you were following him around calling him "nigger" or "blackie" no one would have tollerated it. But I probably would have been really freaked out and would have left.
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From:sacredspud
Date:April 6th, 2006 03:52 am (UTC)

Re: I am one to live and let live

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However right you are about racial slurs, I got the distinct feeling that it was more a "let's screw with customers" thing than anything else.
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From:sacredspud
Date:April 6th, 2006 03:47 am (UTC)

Re: I am one to live and let live

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See, the other sales associate was caucasian, and was clearly enjoying the spectacle (I was going to write that, but forgot to, apparently). I don't think either one was a manager, but it was one of those things there the nonverbal communication was definitely along the lines of "yeah, I know this is fun, but it's going to get us in trouble sometime."

I get the feeling that this is something they usually do after the customer has left, like that time I was in Little Caesar's, and the guy behind the counter was doing a very loud (and funny) Boris Karloff impression. His back was turned to me, and after a couple of seconds I realized that he was making fun of the woman who'd left just as I was entering. He thought there were no customers in the store, and was very embarrassed when I cleared my throat.
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From:r3507
Date:April 6th, 2006 02:46 pm (UTC)

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And it's all about doing it after the customer leaves. You call me a good-for-nothing non-purchasing honky after I leave the store...what do I care? But you tail me around like some schizophrenic with a grudge...I'm getting your supervisor.
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From:defaultlisa
Date:April 5th, 2006 10:38 pm (UTC)
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Maybe it's some obtuse marketing gimmick.
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From:sacredspud
Date:April 6th, 2006 03:50 am (UTC)
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...Yes. Yes, that's probably what it was.
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From:evil_jim
Date:April 5th, 2006 11:08 pm (UTC)
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I would have played along; maybe faked a really thick European accent & faked that I couldn't understand him. White boy.
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From:sacredspud
Date:April 6th, 2006 04:08 am (UTC)

"white boy"

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Jim, those words hurt*.


* when used in different sentences and in conjunction with other, derogatory words.
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From:hippieprincess1
Date:April 6th, 2006 01:55 am (UTC)
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I would have thrown what ever I was buying on the floor in an obvious fashion and said "you blew it asshole" so everyone could see and hear and walked out. But I have a short fuse when it comes to the "hiphop" attitude. I dealt with this in the mall often and they definatly figured out that this is one white girl that will get her ass kicked before I let anyone intimidate me. But that's just my personality
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From:sacredspud
Date:April 6th, 2006 04:03 am (UTC)
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I can understand that attitude. I don't think it was about intimidation as much as it was about boredom and screwing with people.
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From:r3507
Date:April 6th, 2006 02:44 pm (UTC)
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And that differs from the "hip-hop" attitude how?
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From:sacredspud
Date:April 6th, 2006 02:48 pm (UTC)
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In this case the gold teeth are optional.
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