I’m a business consultant and I meet a lot of different types of people. I’m well aware of topics I shouldn’t talk about with clients like religion and politics. And I know there are certain words or terms I can’t utter simply because I don’t want to get fired or sued. Keeping my mouth shut isn’t easy for a guy like me, but I’ve managed to do it for 15 years now.
Then there was today…
I was talking to a manager from my own company. He works in another division so I don’t see him very often. We were talking about how difficult it was to get the company health plan to pay certain bills. They make you call this number, then that number, then send this form in, then that form in. Then, just when you think they’ll pay, POOF, they loose your claim and you’re back to chasing them around again.
I said it’s like chasing Lucky for his bowl of Lucky Charms.
That pissed him off. It was a pleasant conversation until I said that. It seems 300 years ago his ancestors came to America from Ireland, and me making a comment about a kids cereal commercial which contains a leprechaun is a slur about Irish people and is no different than calling a black person a you know what and so on. I said all that?
Leprechauns are mythical beings. What’s next? Am I going to offend someones ancestory by saying something about unicorns? If I say something about Santa Clause am I offending people who live at/near the North Pole?
If someone says they want to hear from the “Peanut Gallary” should I get pissed because I have red hair and they are making a slur against red heads by mentioning something from the Howdy Doody show? How far is this political correctness crap going to go? Is Lucky Charms cereal going to be banned? How about Irish Spring Soap? It’s not like I said “getting the insurance to pay is like trying to pry a whiskey bottle from a dirty mick”. About 8 years ago I got halled out on the rug because I said to my then supervisor that my company car was making a queer noise. He went nuts and wrote me up because I used the word queer (no shit! I am not making this up! This company is run by a bunch of over sensitive idiot liberals!:mad: ) By the way, that supervisor left the company to start his own consulting firm and he failed! He’s flat bankrupt broke now!
Anyway, after todays incident I told Mr. McSensitive that I was sorry if I offended him and didn’t mean anything by it, then I walked away while he was in mid sentence. This nit picking stuff really pisses me off. I wanted to come home and eat a big bowl of Lucky Charms, but that stuff even made me puke as a kid. Can’t stand marshmellows you know.