A couple of nights ago, I was driving home and felt myself in need of a drink, so I took a quick detour into a fast food drive-thru. I gave my order – large root beer, light ice and an order of cookies, just for kicks – and pulled around to the window. Because there was a light rain, I had closed my car window after placing my order, so I wasn’t immediately visible to the cashier – my windows have a light tint that makes it hard to see in after dark if there’s a light behind the person looking in. (Did that make sense?) I had to fiddle a bit to get the money from my wallet, so it was perhaps fifteen seconds before I rolled down to pay and grab my snack.
When I did, I turned to face the cashier and he grimaced at me. He took my money without a word, thrust my food at me, turned on one heel and stalked away from the window almost angrily.
Now, folks of my complection are few and far between in these parts, and I’m well aware of that, and not particularly concerned about it, but it seems that seeing a black woman when that window came down shocked the heck out of him. And while I’m not (and never have been) one to presume racist intent behind people’s odd behavior without some concrete evidence to support such a thought, in this case, I think I may be on to something.
You see, the angry cashier had a shaved head, tattoos up and down his arms (I saw eagles, flags and a cross on just the arm that handed me my order) and another tattoo of an iron cross (without the swastika) on his neck.
Seems to me that I may have tripped across a skinhead at the Burger King. If so, I’ll probably avoid it in the future just to avoid starting something. But I’m not sure if that’s what I ran across. It seems like it, but I defer to the judgment of Dopers – does that sound skinhead-ish to you?