What a day. I’m the first to admit that when I’m sick (like I am now), I’m not the most charitable person in the world. My already innate personality of “stay away from me” only becomes worse. Combine that with pouring rain, not being able to move a work schedule around and I’m not exactly the nicest person today. I arrived at work early (I tend to work early: avoid the masses on the roads) and started at the task at hand. A few hours later, one of my co-workers drifted in and started yammering about a document we worked on yesterday. She handed it to me and said “I mean, doesn’t it look like a f-ing illegal re-ard wrote this?”.
I sorta scrunched up my face and asked her to repeat herself – in that tone/face that says “clean up your language and try again”. Nope. She repeated it word for word: “I mean, doesn’t it look like a f-ing illegal re-ard wrote this?” One thing I despise more than almost anything in the world are work place battles, especially over political correctness (I think it’s gone WAY too far in some circles!). I looked at her and flung back something polite along the lines of “please don’t say things like that around me.” She looked stunned: which one? All of them. Her defense? “Everybody says it.” Now, I’m feeling like my mother: “If everybody jumped off a bridge, would you?” (uh, chances are yes because most people I know would jump for a good reason).
Now I glared: I said “I don’t. And I don’t tolerate it around me.”
Seriously. It flew above her head – she wanted me to read the document that as filled with typos. The reason why? It’s in a controlled edit setting: if you misspell anything it can’t be corrected. Why? We are in a regulated industry and this is a mechanism to prevent changes. I (somewhat nicely) decided to explain that to her. Over her head.
The kicker? The person shouting this hatred? A first generation unwed pregnant Latina. Yup. As if she probably hasn’t hit a few stereotype herself.
Her advice to me? You need to get used to people saying what they want: we are allowed to in this country.
My arched eyebrow reply? You can say what you want out of my earshot but I won’t tolerate slurs of ethnicity, gender, intelligence or race. If you don’t like it, that’s not my issue.
Seriously. Wait until she finds out I’m gay.