Well, I had a fun morning today.
I get to work at four in the morning (getting up at three) after driving through the snow/ice storm craziness. The day goes on until about six in the morning when this guy comes in and tries to use some woman’s credit card to pay for his gasoline. I politely explain to the man that since his name is not “Blanche” then I could not possibly accept this as payment. He proceeds to emphatically explain to me that the woman (who owns the card) is his wife.
According to company policy and legally, even though it is his wife’s card, I cannot accept it as payment for the transaction. I tell him that she has to come with legal identification and swipe the card herself. Meanwhile, I told him that I could call the bank number on the back of the card to see if he is an authorized user of the card. You can tell the bank that so-in-so is allowed to use your card and all the clerk would do is call to verify. While I was on the phone to the bank, he drives off to get his wife.
This woman comes in screaming at me and accusing me of being a liar and a Racist. Mind you this was obviously an African immigrant couple (not African American). She screamed at me that I was wrong and that I need an Education. I tell her that I do indeed have an Education and am not Racist in the slightest bit and am just doing my job as a Clerk. I state that she owes me an apology for her rude words.
She continues to whine that she has rights in this country now that she is a citizen. I tell her that I have rights as well. She then makes a statement that really pisses me off, “You do not have rights because you are racist.”
Now if anyone reads the American Bill of Rights and the Constitution they would realize that even *if* I were racist I would still have rights. I have the right to believe whatever I would like to believe. Also, since when does the rights of some immigrant trump the rights of someone who was born and raised there!!!!!
I forget which former Supreme Court Justice said this but, “My right to wave around my fist ends at my neighbors nose.”
The man ushered the woman out and came back about an hour later. He apologized for her saying that he understood that I was just doing my job. I let it go because the fight was not worth continuing. My SO says that I should not have accepted his apology at all since she was nasty and cowardly.
We have both noticed this attitude among many of the people with African ethnicity here lately. Ever since Obama won certain people believe they can treat Caucasian individuals like crap and use racial slurs against them. The day before some African American yelled at one of our other clerks because she could not break a hundred dollar bill right away saying, “you better be careful….you skinny white girl.”
There seems to be a reverse racism thing going on now.
I have never cared about what race someone is or their gender or religion. Normally, I am fine with people until they try to shove their creed down my neck (regardless of what it is). Again, their rights to figuratively fling around their fist ends at my figurative nose.
As many of you know, I voted for Obama because he IMO was the best person for the job. Both White and Black people voted for him and if all of the white people did not then he would not be president. Many people forget this point and forget that his mother was white!
This whole thing just has me thinking.
On top of the badness of today, I found out that my mom's surgery did not go well (see blessings post)
I have not been the same since that house fell on my sister.