This is honestly going to be me just venting something that’s been bothering me for awhile.
I work in a large office building downtown in a fairly large city. On the first floor there is a little shop that carries mostly snack food items and drinks. The same lady is there day in and day out, I believe she’s part owner.
One day a few months or so ago the man in front of me at the checkout happened to be black and was dressed “thuggishly” (pants halfway to his knees, basketball sneakers untied and loose etc.) She gave him his total and he was a few cents shy of being able to pay it without breaking a larger bill, he turned to me and asked me if I had a nickel which I gave him. He thanks me and leaves. She then proceeds to complain to me about him having done that and said that she’s been asked the same thing before and was upset that she’d apparently been accused of being prejudiced when she’s said no. Seeing her so angry I couldn’t help but say to myself that she probably is.
Since then there have been at least three occasions where she confirmed this for me. Once I was a bit shy of my total and offered to come back to my desk to get change. She said “just get it next time” which I found perfectly acceptable as I do go there at least a few times a week. However, when I went down there later that same day she scoffed at me when I presented her with my change and told me to forget it. She’s done that another time since then but today… today is what really made me angry about it. I got myself a Big Texas Cinnamon Roll and some Peace Tea (breakfast of champions) and gave her $2.10 when my total was $2.06 she gave me one of my nickels back. Sure it’s only 1 cent… but knowing how she’d have reacted had I walked in off the street in different clothes it really bothered me.
Again… there’s no point to this… I just wanted to vent. I think the only thing worse than a bigot is someone who doesn’t even realize they are.