I have decided that I need to use my voice to better the human race.
So…here it goes: STOP BEING DICKS!
There. Everyone got it?
My youngest child recently got his first job working at the games at an amusement park. He’s 15 years old and has the bright, shiny face of a motivated employee. Also, he has money now. Money and no bills. Paychecks are actually EXCITING for him.
The downside? He’s learning what it’s like to deal with the public.
The public sucks ass.
The public loves people working in the service industry. They are simple targets. The public can say whatever they want and the service industry workers have to smile and take it.
Having a bad day? Yell at the person working the drive through for getting your order wrong!
Boss give you shit at work? Blame the clerk working for minimum wage at the gas station for the high price of gasoline!
Lose at ring toss? Berate the 15 year old kid who is working the game! It takes a real man to scream at a kid because they can’t win a stuffed Sponge Bob for their date.
Part of my son’s job is to try to entice the crowd to come and play his game. Yesterday at work, he was yelling: C’mon! Who is gonna be my next big winner?
A guy, a full grown adult, yells back: Hahaha. You’re looking for your next big wiener!
Really? This is an adult yelling crude shit at a child.
My son, who is not allowed to respond negatively to park guests did the next best thing. He doubled over and laughed his loudest and most fake laugh and said: YOU ARE HILARIOUS!
Just once, I want to be there when some motherfucker yells something obscene at my son. HE can’t say anything, but you can bet your ass I could.
Let’s all just think about the things we say to people who can’t respond. For instance, people at checkouts probably hear the same lame ass jokes all day long. It has to get tiring to offer the same polite laughter hour after hour. I am in no way referring to my husband when I say this.
I might be referring to him a little bit.
My son has a very strong sense of self. These things are not going to cling to him and really, it will help him prepare for a life of dealing with people who are dicks. There are a lot of us out there.
Still, can’t we all try to think before we open our big, stupid mouths?