I'm not looking for advice here, but just sharing a mysterious and amusing episode of unprovoked snottiness.
A while back, I popped by the pet store to pick up three cases of cat food I'd ordered. Let me describe what I was wearing at the time, as evidently that is important:
- A pair of basic black pants, like pretty much every other woman in the US owns.
- A nice-but-not-showy blouse that came from the clearance rack at Macy's three years ago.
- Basic black flats.
- Unremarkable silver jewelry (hoop earrings and a fairly plain bracelet that goes with pretty much everything I own).
I told the guy behind the register that I was picking up my order. There was no one else in line at the time, but by the time the employee returned a man (Man 1) had gotten into line behind me. The employee set down two cases of food. I politely reminded him that there should be three and he said the third case had probably been put in the wrong spot and he'd go look for it.
There were three other employees milling around, not doing much of anything. Instead of one of them looking for the food or taking over the register, all four employees headed to the back room of the store to look for the cat food. I turned to Man 1 behind me and commented with a laugh, "I can't believe all four of them went back there!" He laughed and shook his head, then said "Me neither!" It was a pleasant enough exchange.
After a minute, another man (Man 2) joined the line. He was unaware that there were four employees in the back. After a few minutes with no one at the register, he caught Man 1's eye and said, "Do you think one of us should go look for an employee?"
Man 1 replied, "Oh, there are four of them, but every last one of them is helping Fancy Pants here," gesturing toward me as he said it. His tone was not friendly or teasing in the least. He sounded quite bitter, actually.
I figured complete silence was the way to go - though suppressing laughter was a challenge - and fortunately, the employee returned with the missing cat food moments later.
I now have a new nickname at work.