Category: Comeuppance

Comeuppance Just Desserts Getting What They Deserve

Transcending A**-Holes

| Boulder, CO, USA | Bigotry, Comeuppance, LGBTQ, Popular

(I am a sales associate in a major department store. I am folding clothes and keeping an eye on the three customers that are in my section. One is a trans woman, who is holding some lacy underwear in her hand while shopping for more items, and the other two are a mother and daughter shopping together. I can hear the mother and daughter snickering.)

Daughter: “Oh, my god, mom, do you see that transvestite?”

Mother: “Where?”

Daughter: “Over there. It’s carrying a bunch of underwear.”

Mother: “Oh! NOW I see it! What a freak! Has it deluded itself into thinking that putting on lacy underwear will make it attractive?”

(At this point it is obvious that the trans customer has overheard and is visibly uncomfortable, but she keeps shopping.)

Daughter: “What I don’t understand is why he thinks any of that will fit him. He’s a MAN. It’s not made for him. Where’s does his d**k go? He should probably just stick to men’s clothing because he’s a MAN.”

Mother: “I just hope he doesn’t plan on using that fitting room. I’ll complain. I don’t trust freaks like that.”

(At this point, I am quite angered by their conversation. I call my manager and ask for permission for what I am about to do. She gives me approval, and I approach them.)

Me: “I’m sorry, ladies, but I am afraid that I have to ask you to pay for your merchandise and leave.”

Mother: “What?! Why?!”

Me: “Here at [Department Store], we want all of our guests to feel comfortable and safe while shopping in our stores. The way you are referring to another guest has clearly hurt her, and, to be honest, it has deeply offended me and made me uncomfortable as well. I have to ask you to pay for your items and leave.”

Mother: “How DARE you. We are paying customers and that tranny is the one who should be kicked out for being a FREAK.”

Me: “Ma’am, please refrain from using offensive or derogatory language in the store. That woman over there is doing absolutely nothing to you. She is shopping. You, on the other hand, are bullying another customer in an attempt to make her feel bad and leave. Out of respect for that customer and our store policy, I have to ask you to leave.”

Mother: “Well, fine! If you don’t want us to buy all of this clothing from you! You’ll lose a really big sale AND a loyal customer!”

Me: “With all due respect, ma’am, we have no interest in having bigots as ‘loyal’ customers.”

(The mother fumes and leaves. The trans woman finishes her shopping, and comes up to me to pay.)

Me: “Hello! Did you find everything you were looking for?”

Customer: “That and more. Thank you for standing up for me. You have no idea how rare that is.”

Me: “It’s no problem. I have many friends who are trans and I could tell she was bothering you. I’m sorry you have to put up with that.”

Customer: “Oh, it’s okay. When there are people out there like you to help, it can make a big difference. Thank you for making my day better.”

Me: “You’re welcome! Please, have a good rest of your day, and don’t let the haters get you down! Keep doing your thing!”

Customer: “Oh, don’t worry, I will!”

(That customer came back a few times after that and always asked me for fashion advice and bought her items from me. I was happy to give her a safe place to shop.)

 

Comeuppance Just Desserts Getting What They Deserve

Rock Solid Justice

| USA | Comeuppance, Popular

(I get to my car in the parking lot to find a huge dent in the hood, presumably caused by the large rock resting on it. I’m shocked, as the parking lot is located in a nice neighborhood. I’m about to call my husband to tell him what happened when an employee from a store near the lot approaches me.)

Employee: “I was waiting for the owner to come back. I just wanted to say that I’m sorry about what happened to your car. I saw the rock fly up from behind that fence, but I didn’t see who did it. I just heard them. Later, a group of loud teenagers came into the shop, and I recognized their voices. I knew they were the ones who caused the damage to your car, but I didn’t have any substantial proof. So I spit in their food. I know it won’t pay for the damage, but I figured a little justice was due.”

(That may not have been there best way to handle the situation, but it did make me feel better!)

Comeuppance Just Desserts Getting What They Deserve

Working Out That Attitude

| Australia | Comeuppance, Employees, Popular

(A new member has recently joined my gym, and it’s obvious from the start that he’s incredibly socially awkward, tending to strike up conversations with the other members while they’re trying to work out. I don’t mind him, because even though he’s slightly inappropriate, he’s very sweet and it’s obvious he’s just being friendly. One day he stops showing up.)

Me: “Hey, [Receptionist], I’ve noticed [New Member] hasn’t been going to his regular classes.

Receptionist: “Oh, yeah, he hasn’t been in for a few weeks.” *quietly* “Are you asking because he was making you feel uncomfortable? We’ve got a lot of complaints about him, and I’m sorry if that’s the case. Nobody should be made to feel like that.”

Me: *a bit agitated at her* “Yeah, I’m sorry, too. I hope he didn’t leave just because everyone here gave him a hard time for being friendly.”

Receptionist: “Uh… sorry?”

Me: “I mean, I agree; nobody should be made to feel like they’re not welcome just because they’re a little odd. It’s obvious coming here to get fit was a big deal to him, and considering how socially awkward he is I think it’s really great he’s taken this step.”

Receptionist: *sheepishly* “Oh… uh, yeah.”

Me: “I’m so glad you think so, too.”

(Luckily he came back the following week, and with a bit of time and encouragement he started to catch on to social cues a bit better. Shows how far a little self confidence can get you!)

Comeuppance Just Desserts Getting What They Deserve

That Behavior Doesn’t Fly With Me

| Chicago Airport, IL, USA | Comeuppance, Hall of Fame, Popular

(I’m in a hurry, because my flight got delayed and I have ten minutes to get from one side of the airport to the other to catch my connecting flight. I sprint through the airport and reach the inland security-check, panting and sweating, and see a really long waiting line in front of me.)

Elderly Gentleman: *in front of me* “You look like you are in a hurry.”

Me: “I just got here from [Country] and my flight got delayed so I have to be through this security gate and in the plane in about two minutes.”

Elderly Gentleman: *starts smiling over all over his face* “Awesome. I was waiting for a reason to try this.” *pulls out his black diamond VIP card from [Airline] and waves it at the service lady who is coordinating the waiting lines*

Service Lady: “Oh, hello, sir. I’m really sorry I didn’t notice you before. What can I do for you?”

Elderly Gentleman: “Well, my son needs to catch his flight to in two minutes. He got delayed on his incoming connecting flight.”

(The service lady brings us up to the red carpet check through, and makes sure that we get checked immediately, to speed things up. A young lady behind us starts yelling.)

Lady: “YOU HAVE TO WAIT IN LINE LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE! I HAVE A GOLD CARD AND YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO LET ME WAIT FOR SOME OLD FART JUST BECAUSE HE IS GOING TO DIE BEVOR HE REACHES HIS PLANE!”

(Everybody, including the TSA people, stop and watch to see the reaction of the elderly gentleman.)

Elderly Gentleman: *still his VIP-card in his hand, looks at his VIP card, back to the young lady and back to his card again, turns around and continues with the security check*

Lady: “YOU STUPID, DEAF, OLD IDIOT! GET BACK IN LINE SO I GET THE SERVICE I PAY FOR WITH MY GOLD CARD!”

Elderly Gentleman: *turns around* “Show me your gold card.”

(The young lady fumes and shows him her gold card. The elderly gentleman takes the card throws it in the bin.)

Elderly Gentleman: “People like you are not worthy to wield the power of a gold card.”

(With that, he walked off with me and the service lady in tow to guide us to my flight. Everybody started laughing and the young lady stood there totally baffled. Due to this awesome gentleman, I was able to catch my flight in time and see my fiancée for a whole week.)

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A Disservice To Service Dogs

| Niagara, ON, Canada | Comeuppance, Pets & Animals, Popular

(I have a service dog, for psychiatric reasons. I’m not blind, though most people seem to think eye-seeing dogs are the only service dogs out there. Thus, my life gets harder sometimes… Like while on vacation…)

Me: *with my dog by my side* “Hi, checking in for [Last Name]…”

Motel Guy: “NO DOGS! NO PETS ALLOWED!”

Me: “Well, she’s not a pet…”

Motel Guy: “NO PETS!” *yells something in a language I don’t understand to a woman in a back room*

Motel Lady: “Hi, yes, no pets here!”

Me: “She’s a service dog… We prepaid…”

(I starting to have a panic attack come on, but I try to keep it together.)

Motel Guy: “I’ll call the booking company…”

(I text my husband who is outside in the car with the baby, and ask if he can switch spots with me. Unfortunately the baby is crying and so he took him for a ride around the block.)

Motel Guy: “They say I need to let you stay. So the fee, for staying… plus a $300 deposit…”

Me: “What? We pre-paid, online…”

(At this point my husband pulls back up to the office.)

Me: “I’ll let my husband talk to you…”

(The next part, I am not present for; I run back to the car with my dog in tow, wishing I could hide under a table.)

Husband: “Would you refuse a wheelchair to someone that needed one? Because she NEEDS her dog. You can’t charge a FEE to someone who needs a fridge to store their medication, can you?”

Motel Guy: “I will make it only a $50 deposit…”

Husband: “No. I’ll be calling the booking site to cancel this, and if you manage to weasel a CENT out of us, we’ll sue.”

(Not only did the booking site refund us, but they gave us a credit, AND found us a nicer hotel for the same cost we had put up for that place, on a busy weekend. Sometimes, the good guys DO win!)

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