Monday, January 5, 2009

"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind"

Frustration was beating me senseless.  My register has froze yet again and I was stuck restarting the 20 year old system.

The poor guy (who we shall call "#2") on the register next to me decided to see if there was anything he could do.  While doing so, an East Indian man and his wife walk through #2's line.

Acknowledging the man, I smile and tell him,

"Sir, we're having some technical difficulty, but if you'll give us just a sec, he'll be over here to help you."

The man throws his hands up in the air, rolls his eyes, and shouts in an unfriendly tone,  "This is ridiculous!"

He then drags his wife to my register where I inform him, yet again, that someone is coming to the register he was on.  The moment the words left my lips, #2 runs to his cubical and tells them he is ready and apologizes.

The man once again, throws his fists up in the air, except this time, he shouted his hateful words in his native tongue.

Marching, chin in the air, the man ends up at the customer service desk where the store manager just happens to be working.  I hear him say several times that he would sue both #2 and I for racism and that we refused to help him because of his appearance.

Buddy, I hope you sue us.  We work for minimum wage in a run down part of town.  I don't have a car and live at home.  The court might require me to hand over my McDonald's giftcard, but that's about all your getting outta me.  Good luck with that.

He parting words, as he was checked out through #2's line was the following, "Oh, I see!  NOW I'm privileged enough to have your service!"

Somehow, I don't think this is what Gandhi had in mind when he starved for India's independence.....


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