I'm posting this as a single suck, because I feel it's too serious to go into a collective group of sucks, and prejudice, in ANY shape or form, is very wrong!
I served a woman yesterday, with quite a large transaction. As I was scanning the first few items her husband looked at me, looked at her and said, “I’m going to have to stand outside”, then he gave me a final filthy look and walked outside. I was a bit put off by this. He looked quite disgusted by me. Anyway, I scanned the ladies stuff. As I was nearing the end, the man came back in and stood by the side of the till next to mine.
She handed me some notes. I checked them all, like I check EVERY note from EVERY customer who hands me one.
He yelled to his wife. “You want to check the notes she gave you, make sure they aren’t fake too! You can never trust gingers.”
I was taken-aback. I remained calm and asked him if there was a problem.
“Yeah, your hair’s disgusting.”
(Not "I don't like the fact you had to check my wife's notes" or something else customer-service related, oh no! My hair was the main problem, obviously!)
His wife smirked at me. He smirked at me as they were both leaving the shop and as he was doing so he put a hand up and said “See ya Ginger!” I whirled around on the spot as they were exiting the shop and yelled, “Excuse me?! How dare you!”
Maybe I shouldn’t have said that. But I was so angry! I mean… really. It was obvious from the get-go that he took a dislike to me because I’m ginger and he was hell-bent on finding something that I’d done to complain about. I’m sure that had one of the other ‘normal-haired’ cashiers served him he wouldn’t have had a problem with the notes. Not 100% sure on it, but that’s the feeling I’m getting.
People laugh at me or tell me I’m being paranoid when I tell them that yes, ginger haired people face prejudice too. This is why I can firmly say that yes, it exists, and it’s always going to exist.
Oh! And the real kicker! This couple weren’t young. They were well into their forty’s. And while technically the woman didn’t say anything, it was obvious that she approved of her husband’s actions.
Good news. My line of customers were saying some nasty things about his personality and lovely things to me when he left. I know I get a lot of sucks but it's so nice to have customers on my side for once! They made me feel a lot better!
- Ginger hate :(