By hopeless - Canada
Today, a customer was looking for some decking materials. I took her around the store and pointed out some nice plywood, noting that it's also fire-retardant, which might interest her. She got pissed off and bitched me out for supposedly calling her a retard. FML
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By  Pollito1718  |  18

Maybe she had a problem that you did not know about and has been bullied for it within her life.

  senor_octubre  |  24

The important thing here is that if the customer could understand the context in which she used the word "retard", then she wouldn't have bitched out OP. So F OP's life for having to deal with stupid customers.

  Googolman  |  29

40 - "Whom" and "who" generally have similar definitions, but they have to be used in a specific way. You can't just put "whom" wherever you want. Do your research before posting asinine comments.

  xlord  |  27

"Ableism is a form of discrimination or social prejudice against people with disabilities."

Ummm.... What does that have to do with my comment?

  kingdomgirl94  |  28

People also like to scream at you should you use the definition of things to back your point up, saying that if you go to the dictionary you've already proven you don't understand the issue. The only way to win against the SJWs is to not play with them.

  OysterPearls  |  33

I didn't catch the "screaming" part in my comment, 46. I consider 31's comment ableist because it's equating ignorance or stupidity to mental disability. I'm sorry that you guys can't see why that would offend someone.

  OysterPearls  |  33

In this case the customer did overreact, but the the "r word" does have a very negative connotation, even if its true definition (as used in OP's case) isn't offensive at all.

  NiceGuysDoWin  |  21

If you are getting offended because of a word that has a legitimate meaning, but sounds kinda like another word that might or might not be offensive, then you are oversensitive. The PC police are taking this shit too far.

  OysterPearls  |  33

I didn't say that he did, I'm actually defending the OP.
To retard something means to prevent it from happening. I get that. I'm only saying that, used in a different context, like if you're calling someone a r*tard, that is what's offensive.


#57- You really censored the word retard? Come on, don't you think you're taking it a little too far? Retarded means "not working properly." So if I call my computer retarded, or my dog retarded for running into a screen door, am I being politically incorrect? Ridiculous. Yes, I do call my friends retarded. And it has absolutely no horrible connotation to it because it's a JOKE.

Also, to clarify: I don't call mentally handicapped people retarded, and I have the utmost respect for them. No one should ever make fun of them.

But...using a word that has an actual definition, and not using it to truly make fun of or offend someone, is completely fine.

  grabyourhooks  |  12

They were right to call it retardant, resistant is a material that is inherently not easily subject to catching fire. A retardant is something that has been chemically treated

By  Ltsdragons  |  19

Dang, talk about unreasonably rude. These, some customers are so hard to deal with. I was once a music store and there was this girl who just kept screaming everytime she say a retardando (I don't remember how to spell it) so the guy basically had to keep his mouth shut while half teaching her half crying because she kept calling him a "gay whore" for calling her a "retard"