I don't know what's going on lately, but I am having the strangest issue with people in service positions lately. I am a married, mother of 3, I wear my wedding ring on my left hand, and in each of the following situations I have had at least my kids, and usually my husband with me as well. But for some reason I keep being addressed as "Miss."
The first time was at my little brother's birthday lunch 2 weeks ago. After ordering meals for my children, (DH was there too) the waitress asked, "and what would you like Miss?" I didn't say anything, and thought it was kind of funny at the time. The waitress was youngish woman, and I would be amazed if she was older than I.
Then, at the hardware store a few days later, I had the kids with me and asked an older gentleman for help finding screws. I was chit chatting and mentioned a project I'm working on for DH for Christmas. After he helped me find what I was looking for, he asked me "Did you need anything else Miss?" I still thought it was odd, but I figured maybe that's how he refers to women younger than he is.
This past weekend we took DS to IHOP after his soccer game. I was there with my husband and our 3 kids and the male server also called me 'Miss' I don't know why this keeps happening, or why it's bugging me so much. Is this the new training for customer service? Am I supposed to be flattered that I'm being called "Miss", which is a term I associate with young girls? And why on Earth is it just now happening all of a sudden? I was called "ma'am" in my early 20's, and now that I am a Mrs. I'm getting "Miss'ed"
edited because I wear my ring on my left hand