Sometimes I think God is just testing my humility (the meek shall inherit the Earth?) or my patience at work. Or maybe my willpower (can you swear at work?)…not sure.
I was standing behind the register counter in the electronics department, when a customer came up and said, “Hey you, make yourself useful. Come here. Tell me if there are more of these anywhere in the store.”
I’ll let that sink in for a moment.
Let’s dissect that statement. “Hey you” great start. Sure, not everyone reads my nametag and it does feel weird when strangers know my name (then I remember I’m wearing a nametag); but how about “Excuse me?”
“Make yourself useful” Um, yeah, ’cause now I really want to help you.
“Come here” how about no. I’m not a dog to be called.
Granted I did help him, but it was because his daughters were looking for an item. Otherwise, I’d just as soon left him to his own devices. Needless to say, I hope he started getting his Irish on a little early in the day (benefit of the doubt?)…then again, he did drive to the store with his kids, so…(doesn’t stop other customers, even if it’s not St. Patrick’s Day)
I suppose this is what happens when we have a society where “Please” has be replaced with “Now”. “Thank you” has disappeared. And politeness is about as dead as chivalry.
The worst part is that I know someone will eventually top this. That’s just what happens when you are [perceived as] a second class citizen;
even corporate treats us like numbers and robots.
At least the rest of my St. Patrick’s day was good…and I have the day off today, so that help (plus, blogging about your problems is cathartic, right?)