Wednesday, November 16, 2005

"Excuse Me, Do You Work Here?"

Do I look like this guy? Apparently I do, because it seems like I get asked this question ALL THE TIME! It's happened to me at Costco, at Blockbuster, at the Costco gas station, Albertson's, etc. It's not as though I am dressed for the part. I never wear those vests that grocery stores put on their people, nor am I standing behind the counter, nor am I not filling up my car with gas after putting my credit card through the reader. I generally think that I have a reasonable tolerance of stupidity, but these just get me going.

I think there are a couple of reasons why they bug me so much. One is the inherent age bias that I choose to see in it. If I was ten years older, I'll bet I wouldn't get this question. By the same token, if I was 40 years older, I'd probably get this question still. Just because I'm young doesn't mean that I don't have the requisite school and/or social standing to have moved past those jobs.

Will I beat anybody up over this? I doubt it. Do I wish that I had a great Bill Engvall "Here's Your Sign" comment to say to those who asked me these? You bet. Alas, I don't think I've had the requisite humour training to figure that one out yet.


themickel said...

That's not so bad. At least you don't get the "oh, are you thinking about going on a mission?" or "I thought you had to be at least 18 to get married" comments from temple workers. And better yet, now that me and the wife are prego it'll turn into "you monster! how could you do this to a 16 year-old?"

Here's your sign.

Michael Brady said...

I just stumbled on to your blog. You seem to know what you're doing. Are you an employee of the site?