LGBT Retail Hell: No, We Don't Fire People For The Things They Do Off The Clock


Gay heart weep retail hellFrom spedmonkey, TalesFromRetail

This afternoon was a relatively slow one. I was covering a break on front register, a few customers were lazily shopping around, and all was as right with the world as it gets in retail. An older middle-aged lady walked up with a few sundries, and made pleasant conversation as I rang up her stuff and bagged it.

Then the co-worker I was covering walked in the front door. I say hello and ask how her break went, she jokes about it, and continues on her way toward the break room to punch back in.

"She's an employee here?" asks the customer.

Me: "Yep, she's been here longer than I have."

Customer: "Oh. Can I please speak to your manager?"


Me: "I'm sorry, is something wrong?"

Customer: "You can't do anything about it. Call him please. Now."

Trying to keep all the what-the-fucks running through my head from spilling across my face, I page my manager, who comes quickly. "Hi, ma'am, how can I help you today?" he asks.

The lady turns and points toward the back, where my co-worker has since disappeared. "I saw that lady last weekend downtown while I was leaving a restaurant. She was loud and obnoxious, and more importantly, she was NECKING with another girl!"

And with that, my poker face fell away as I tried to catch up. I didn't doubt the story; my coworker is distinctive, as she has a shock of multi-colored hair that's hard to miss, and she also has a tendency to go out and drink heavily. And she's an open, unrepentant lesbian, with a very nice girlfriend who comes in fairly often.

Freddy Fuck you"Uhhhhhh..." My manager too was at a loss for words.

Customer: "Well, aren't you going to do something about her... her behavior?"

Manager: "Ma'am, we can't discipline our employees for how they act when they aren't here at work, as long as they aren't doing anything illegal."

Customer: "But she was being obscene, and both my friends and I were seriously offended! You shouldn't let people like that work here!"

Manager: "Once again, was she doing anything illegal?"

Customer: "Well, it was certainly immoral! And disgusting!"

Manager: "I don't know what to tell you, ma'am. I can't and wouldn't fire someone for being a lesbian. Is there anything else I can help you with today?"

Customer: "You people are unbelievable! I'm going to call your CEO right now and tell him exactly what kind of people he has working for him!" She left her would-be purchases in her bag and stormed out.

My co-worker walked up to resume her shift. "What was that all about?" she asked, bewildered.

I shrugged. "We have no freakin' idea," said my manager, as we both walked off, shaking our heads.



Funny or Die Spoofs Anti-Gay Laws with Tourism Commercial


From Huff Po:

With two anti-queer bills poised to wreak havoc in Tennessee, the good folks at Funny or Die whipped up a new “tourism commercial” for the state. The spot-on clip follows on the heels of two other similar fake ads for North Carolina and Mississippi that also target bigotry in the South.

As beautiful stock footage plays, a voiceover informs potential visitors of the seemingly endless experiences potentially awaiting them in “the volunteer state,” including:

“Ride a horse without worrying a gay guy is looking at your butt… Tiptoe across humanity to relive a time when people were unequal… Sing a sad country song about your gay friends being refused counseling services… Enjoy live music, if we can convince anyone to perform here… Gaze at the beautiful rolling hills where the fog is as thick as our ignorance… Laugh at an effeminate child… Let the fireflies illuminate your extremism while your children begin to think of you as an old dead fossil…”

The “commercial” ends by proudly announcing, “the slowing of progress is made in Tennessee,” which would be even funnier if it suddenly didn’t seem so absolutely true.




Georgia Kroger Wins Custy Praise For Unisex Bathroom Sign




From Mashable:

Some businesses know how to treat their customers.

North Carolina's ban on anti-discrimination laws that allowed transgender people to use the restroom aligned with their gender identity has been widely criticized. And it seems like businesses are taking a stand in their own way.

A Kroger in Athens, Georgia posted a sign on the door for its unisex bathroom stating its policy on inclusivity for its customers.


"We have a UNISEX bathroom because sometimes gender specific toilets put others into uncomfortable situations," it says on the sign.

Not only does Kroger's sign offer a bathroom for its LGBTQ customers, it also says its policy is to cater to mothers with sons, fathers with daughters and the mentally or physically disabled.

The sign was shared on Facebook, and has been getting a lot of praise from people online


via Mashable


Let Us Celebrate With An RHUer Who Is Making a Change!


MistyFrom: Misty Meanor

Hello everyone, longtime poster here with a bit of news about our old friend Sales Agent Guy.

It seems behind the scenes, Sales Agent Guy has been undergoing some issues which involve gender. RI6 has been fully respectful of these issues, but at the same time, has decided to adopt a new code name policy, since Sales Agent Gal just doesn't have the same ring to it. Basically, operatives are assigned names like Oliver Klozoff, Danielle Saloud, Al Kaseltzer, etc.

Hence, the new name for this classic poster is now officially Misty Meanor. (If you don't get it, say it out loud, and if you still don't get it, say it slightly faster.)


And yes, I am officially Misty Meanor. I merely did that as a protocol from RI6. Agent Misty Meanor will still be reporting in from the field of retail hell and giving intel reports, but will now be using female pronouns (she/her/hers.) And if you're wondering, everyone in my workplace is totally cool with this. Some people are still getting used to calling me Misty, but they'll get the hang of it for sure!

For now, this is just a brief, but important update on your favorite retail operative!

May all your customers and co-workers be respectful of personal issues. (Mine sure have been!)

--Misty Meanor


LGBT Retail Hell: Fired For Being A Lesbian.. I Mean For Being $0.05 Short


Gay heart weepFrom: imnotacrazyperson

My very first job was working in an ice cream parlor in a small town. I earned $2 an hour plus tips (which were supposed to be split between the two cashiers.)

First issue was that the owner was OCD about streaks and the entire make table was mirror finish stainless (as were all the appliances and the counter top) She wanted these wiped down with bleach water every few hours, which left streaks. Streaks were unacceptable, everything must look brand new and shiny all the time!

I was told to wipe down the outside of the make table at a specific time each day, this happened during a busy time once and I did the initial wipe, leaving streaks behind before serving the next customer. I got yelled at, called names, and told something to the effect of, "I'm sorry if this job is too difficult for you, I shouldn't have expected much really."

That night, because I screwed up, I was told that the tip jar was off limits to me.

The next day, I tried to get into the storage room which was down a very narrow hallway. Another employee was coming down that hallway and bumped into me. We both apologized and I thought nothing of it. I saw her on the phone later, and she sounded pretty upset, she left after that.

When I went in on my next scheduled day, I was told again that the tip jar was off limits, I was being punished for being 5 cents short in the register the previous night I'd worked.

I got a call at home that night after leaving. The owner told me that the place was a family establishment and people like me didn't fit in there because we make other people uncomfortable. She said "I'm not letting you go because you're a lesbian, I'm letting you go because you were short 5 cents, you can't clean worth a damn and your unusual style of dress makes you stand out too much."

I found out later what happened from a friend who was related to the girl I bumped into. The girl heard a rumor at school that I was a lesbian. Apparently she had complained when I was hired and was told that if I did anything to make her uncomfortable to call the manager. She did, and told her that I bumped into her and that I rubbed up against her, touching her ass in the hallway. She told the owner that if I wasn't let go, she was going to quit because she didn't want to be sexually harassed all day long.

I worked there for about 5 days before they fired me. What's worse is I was too embarrassed to tell my parents why I'd been fired, they assumed I was just a fuckup and they were disappointed.