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08:12 am: Mmmmmmm, parentheses.
Today I am leaving early for lunch with Jimmay! and The Girls! (which should be a rockband). I told the valets (I have no choice in my parking, you may not park your own car here) what time I was leaving so they would know to park my car in an easy to get at spot (I usually leave at 5:30 and am thus parked behind lots of people and I didn’t want them to have to move lots of cars to get at me). Anyway, the reply? Ducked head and “Yes, Ma’am”. Yes, the ma’am had a capital M. It was not something said to someone in deference to age/wisdom (I am mistaken for a teenager far too often for that), it was something that implied social strata. What the fuck? I treat everyone exactly the same, so why are they treating me like I’m one of those people who cares about idiotic social constructs? I treat the valets the same as I treat the attorneys and the attorneys the same as I treat the valets. Okay, I treat the valets better. I refer to everyone by their first name, I don’t care if you’re higher up the work ladder than me or “lower”. Traditionally the only people I’ve afforded honorifics are teachers and people whose first names I can’t remember. This is really bugging me, they’ve never done this before. The girl who works down there never looks me in the eye and lately hasn’t been saying ‘hi’ back in the morning. Did I inadvertently do something to make them think I’m some idiotic snob bitch? This may seem an overreaction but I see these people every morning and their attitude towards me has definitely changed. Sigh.

Current Mood: worried/annoyed.


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Date:December 1st, 2005 01:42 pm (UTC)
I bet it's not you. It's the unfortunate situation of working for the man. It probably wasn't any kind of social status thing...more like "fuck. one more thing to do. one more thing ot remember. for far too little pay."

Perhaps next time you check out, you could drop a pay stub to show them that you propbably make a very similar wage ;)

Date:December 2nd, 2005 07:29 pm (UTC)
if you had your socialist card you could show that to them to prove you are not The Man.
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Date:December 7th, 2005 03:40 pm (UTC)
you should make a button that says "I don't oppress valets."
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