Today I got bad news.
I work part time at two jobs. This happened at one of them.
Recently I read a job posting for a full-time position in my department and applied for it. Today I was called to my managers office to be informed that I’d been passed over.
I work at a prepared foods section in a grocery store in Manalapan, New Jersey. When I was hired for this job, I went through an orientation in which our human resources officer informed us that the customers in this locale were the most self-absorbed, ego-maniacal , thankless crowd we would ever encounter and they would try our patience to the limits of human endurance.
This proved to be fact.
Let me explain.
I was trying to fill a woman’s order. She was a “Low talker” (a la Seinfeld). I work in prepared foods. It is a noisy, super-busy environment . Also I am a bit hard of hearing (too many years in a rock band).
Alas, through all the hubbub and without elaborating, this bitch wound up asking me…“Are you always this stupid?’
Yes, we take this kind of abuse from these motherfuckers on a daily basis. I plan to buy myself a pair of sturdy knee-pads so that I might more proficiently get down and kiss their asses. But that will have to wait until I get a raise.
Anyway, instead of jumping over the counter and disemboweling her on the spot (which was my minds-eye inclination), I dredged up that line from Forest Gump…”Stupid is as stupid does, ma’am." and delivered it with the proper Alabama drawl.
No . Not.
She complained to management. IN WRITING…and it came back to haunt me today.
I did not get full-time. But I did get another ridiculous true-life George story to share with y’all..
Just another ridiculous quirk in my life.