I’m not saying the Romans are said to have used methods I’d condone in dealing with christians, but maybe in my fantasies they were correct in their attitude?
Had a meeting with HR today (not a good thing 3 weeks into a new job) because a “good christian woman” complained about me.
So my job is to go into a grocery store and make the various brands and styles of bread my company sells look pretty on the shelf. Turns out that my uniform and job makes me look like a store employee so people ask me where the … toilet bowl cleaner is, for instance.
Yesterday, I’m at a store doing my job and a woman asks me if I have any of XXXX Bread, “No ma’am, that’s not one of my brands, sorry, wish I could help”
Well, that just would NOT do!!!1!1!! She started going off on a tirade, something about I can’t do my job right blah blah blah, I’ve already tuned her out mostly, because I’ve got 5 more stops and I just barely got started at this store. The tirade gets political and religious. She starts talking about my parents, Mom very specfically and her sexual habits and how she raised us kids and was obviously not a good christian mom and I blew it. I looked at her and went off, I ripped into her about everything she said once she went off into politics and religion because that got my attention back.
Told her in no uncertain terms that she was not a christian and her fetishizing of the ten commandments while claiming to be a christian marked her solidly as a member of a satanic cult of hatred and death and to get away from me.
The only thing that saved my job was that the lead cashier was videoing the whole thing to show her manager who then called my manager and got the video to him, who in turn went with me to see HR and to show them the video. I got a reprimand.
Hi everybody, I’m Dorkvader and I’m a christian and I hope to overcome this addiction with the help of a sponsor to this 12 step program.
fucking conservative “christian” nationalists, fuck all of them, fuck all of them with a hatred that can’t be expressed and I hope that they all…board rules forbid the rest
The woman sounds like a complete jackass. But did you actually say anything along the lines of, “Ma’am, I don’t work for the store, I work for the Bread company directly?”. This would have been before her sick and twisted tirade where she showed herself to be deranged at best or actually evil.
If i may make a gentle suggestion: when a customer mistakes you for a store employee, it’s helpful if you say, “I’m sorry, i don’t work for ABC grocery, I’m just an employee for AgMart products, and I’m only here to make sure they are displayed properly on the shelves. I’m afraid i don’t know anything about the [other brands/restroom supplies/whatever].”
Not that that excuses her. She sounds totally horrible. But if she didn’t understandable your role and thought you were just ignoring her out of… I dunno, spite or indifference, that might have added to her underlying personal problems and turned up her rant a few notches.
Because i don’t think i would have understood “that’s not one of my brands” to mean “i don’t work here, sorry, i actually can’t help you.”
When an actual employee doesn’t know the answer to my question, they normally ask some other employee who does, not just tell me they can’t help.
Unfortunately, people like her frequently won’t listen when this is explained to them. I’ve seen all sorts of stories of one shopper demanding help from another shopper as if the other shopper were an employee, not listening to or not believing the “I’m not an employee” explanation, and literally dragging a store manager over to fire the other shopper.
I had that happen in a Supermarket once. Really pissed me off too. Funny thing is if they asked nicely to start with, I would have helped, but they demanded I do something and that rubbed me the wrong way.
I did reply, “I don’t work here, learn how to ask for help if you want it. Even if I did work here, you should be polite.” They went off on a tirade and I laughed and walked off.
Thats part of the “im dumb” I did not explicitly state that I wasn’t a store employee, I sorta thought that a shirt that doesn’t look like the rest of the employees with my actual company name on it in big letters would be a hint, but, eh I was wrong maybe?
It was everything after she went off topic of employment and job skills and ventured into politics, religion and family that got to me though.
And I’m just really really tired of political christians pretending to be so pious and righteous when they’re not and not even really all that christian in their actions or attitudes.
Aww, I’m sorry that sucks. Merchandisers were always my favorite people when I was working at Safeway. I had more than a few that always came by sometime overnight, and did their whole rounds overnight. I don’t know if you have a set schedule or just a list of stores you have to visit at least once a certain interval but if it’s the latter, think about doing it overnight when only the stockers are there, if possible.
Well, she sounds like a complete asshole. I mean, crappy employees don’t deserve that kind of treatment, not by a long shot.
I’m inclined to blame it on her, not in her religion. She’d have used slightly different words if she were an atheist or a Buddhist, but anyone who goes off like that is going to find some justification for her bullshit whatever she “believes”. Of course, her religion obviously didn’t save her rotten distorted soul, either.
I’ve found that, generally, American Christians are good at recognizing that they are hated, but not good at recognizing why they are hated. They can’t see the correlation.
Using the lady mentioned by the OP as an example, she probably has no clue that behavior like hers is what’s leading to the rise of anti-Christianism in America. These are Christians who treat waitresses poorly at lunch after Sunday service, or spread false hoaxes on social media, etc. but fail to see or understand why people dislike them. It would be like some climate-change skeptic who is utterly baffled that “the planet’s temperature is rising 2 degrees Celsius all by itself!”
That being said, though, the OP should have made it clearer why he wasn’t helping the lady the way she wanted.
Do not go into a Home Depot wearing your carpenter’s overalls and an orange baseball cap or stupid folks will assume you work there.
Despite the fact that carpenter’s overalls,
ain’t, in any way, the standard, or even rare, uniform of employees.
I’ve had the whole “mistaken for an employee” thing work out to my benefit once. About 20 years ago I was on vacation in Sandusky, OH, for the purpose of spending a few days at Cedar Point, and was staying in a motel right by the causeway that connects the island it’s on to the mainland. The first time I was headed over to the park in the morning, I set out to cross the causeway on foot and a security guard told me pedestrians weren’t allowed. I asked how I was supposed to get across without a car then, and he told me “The employee shuttle’s right over there in the parking lot.”
Turns out the windbreaker I was wearing was the exact same shade of blue as the windbreakers issued to park employees, so I was able to pass as an employee and ride the shuttle to the park and back rather than have to pay for a taxi.