Knight of Mars, Beater of Ass. (dazeydevyne) wrote in bad_service,
Knight of Mars, Beater of Ass.

This one's fairly minor, and I'm sure I'll get "That's IT?" replies, but it bugged me.  So here it is:

The other day, I had to drop by Safeway to grab a few things I missed on my weekly shopping trip.  So I go to the till with my tomato, cheese and chocolate (the tomato & cheese for fajitas, the chocolate to dip strawberries in)  The cashier starts ringing me up, then stops when she gets to the chocolate.  And reads every single word on the container (This was a special kind made specifically for melting & fruit dipping)  She then proceeds to tell me I could have gotten something better, and reading all the "not real food" ingredients that it contains.

Not a big deal. But THEN, she notices my tattoo.  Yes, my arm band is faint and crappy looking.  But a friend did it for me when he was a trainee tattoo artist, and while it's not the best, and needs touch ups, it's not THAT bad. I've seen much worse.   This chick decides to say really loudly (the person in the next row over turned to stare when she said it) "Wow! WHAT is wrong with your tattoo? You're going to get that covered up, right? I mean, I would be sooo embarrassed to have that on me!"

And so on, and so on.  I explained the sentimental aspect of it, and she KEPT ON mocking it and talking about how if she had one like that, she'd never uncover it, how I should get it fixed..... I was polite and terse in response.

I considered complaining, but I think she was just clueless, and not trying to be mean about it.  So I just said "You know, you really shouldn't comment on people's appearances.  It's not polite, and you make them feel uncomfortable" as I left.   She looked as embarrassed as if she'd gotten shitty body art.  And in the future, I'll just avoid her lane when I shop.

So, yeah, not a biggie.  But really, people, PLEASE don't comment on what a customer looks like or is buying! It's really none of your business, and there are many less inflammatory things to make small talk about.
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