everybody's satellite (when1wasaboy) wrote in bad_service,
everybody's satellite

"you're too young to need them."

A post someone made here a few days ago reminded me of one of my very few bad service stories.

Note: this happened a bit over a year ago, I think. At the very least, it happened before pharmacists could refuse to fill prescriptions. Also, this gentleman was NOT a pharmacist.

Edited to add: This guy was probably about my age. He wasn't -that- much older than me.

Back before I went on hormonal birth control, I went to the grocery store to pick up condoms.

Normally, they're on the floor in the "family planning" section, so I head over there. A little sign has been put up that says "for family planning supplies go to the customer service desk."

So I do.

It sucks to tell some random guy "hey, I want condoms," but I'm a big girl, I can handle it. So, I told the man behind the counter I needed a package of condoms.

He looks me up and down. "I'm refusing this sale."

Me: .................

Him: You're too young to need them.

Me: ................ [note: I was 25 at the time. I don't look young. I look average, perhaps a bit weighted on the 'boring' side.]

He then turned away, and went back to what he was doing, as if I wasn't there.

This is where I should have said something brilliant, standing up for myself. Unfortunately, I was pretty much floored, and didn't have anything to say. I've never, ever, ever had anything like that happen, before or since.

I didn't go back to that grocery store for quite a few months. I -know- I should have spoken to this man's manager, but it was one of those situations where I just didn't have anything I could say. I'm usually pretty good at confrontation, but really, who expects to get told "I will not sell you condoms?"

Anyway. This is probably the only bad service story I have worth sharing.
Tags: stupid ageism
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