This story was originally posted on March 22, 2010.
From: Rodeo Ho
I collect first insults. I’ve worked in customer service and specifically, food service, since I was 14 and the memories that stick out the most are the times I’ve been called something new.
My first job was at a local amusement park, as a line cook and cashier inside the employee cafeteria, where employees from every department were required to take their breaks. The only accepted method of payment in the cafeteria at that time was a combination of tickets from a booklet that was worth $20, which employees could purchase from Employee Services.
There were a number of tickets in the book worth 25 cents, 50 cents, 75 cents, and 1 dollar. Because of flaws in the booklet’s design, there were two ticket-sized stubs worth nothing--they were fillers.
When employees from the Rides Dept. tried to pay with zero-stubs and I’d refuse them, they’d usually mutter something about me being stupid. Games and Merch employees would grumble, but they were usually understanding. Other Food slaves didn’t give me any trouble. The department I got the most crap from were the “Life Guards” from the waterpark within the amusement park itself.
We all served the same master regardless of the department we slaved in, but there was this unmistakable tension between us, like we were all fighting for dominance, for alpha-status.
The first time I was ever called an “ugly whore,” it was by a fellow slave who happened to be in my cafeteria, as my customer. The first time I was called a “stupid fucking cunt,” it was by a lifeguard who slaved with some of my own friends. I endured all sorts of insults like these for the first time in my sheltered life from people who I saw and slaved alongside every day at work.
To date, my coworkers at that job (albeit, in different departments) were the worst customers I have ever had, and the source of the most colorful insults I have ever received.
What’s the worst thing you’ve ever been called, in the course of doing your job?