So, I’m behind the counter filling drinks for my 25 person party that just arrived when a man walks down from his seat in the bar to the front of the counter. As he’s approaching I look up and ask him how I can help him. As he begins his sentence, “So I have a question, hopefully it’s not too awkward…” I’m thinking, oh here we go, this is probably going to be an awkward “Are you single?” question or some sort of variation of that. I’m in my customer service mode so I’m smiling brightly while really hoping he speeds this up so I can get these drinks to my table.
Then he starts to say something about the guy in the red hat and motions over to four guys at his table that are clearly watching this exchange take place. I have a tray full of drinks in my hands now so I give a nod to let him know I see the red hat and he can continue on with his question.
The man from the bar asks his question, “Are your breasts real?”
Wait, what?! My mind seizes up in shock and horror that a customer actually had the audacity to ask me this to my face, while I am clearly working. Immediately my smile disappeared and I have no idea what to do. My customer service voice is gone now and in a cold tone I answered, “Yes, they are.” I don’t even know why I answered but I was shocked and didn’t know what else to say. I start walking away at this point to which he adds, “Oh, yeah…that’s what we thought!”
I’m thinking, “THAT’S WHAT WE THOUGHT?” So you’ve all been sitting up there drinking beer discussing, and undoubtedly observing, my body while I’m doing my job? Oh fuck that.
I’m not even remotely easy to offend or make uncomfortable and this certainly isn’t the first time I’ve been asked that question. Yet, being approach by a stranger at work, that I’ve had no interact with whatsoever, and asked such a personal question about my body as if they had a right to the answer…NOPE, you’ve lost me. What in the world was this man expecting as a response? “Of course, would you like my cup size with that as well sir? Oh excellent, for here or to go?”
I tried to push it out of my mind and get back to work but I was still shaking from the massive blast of adrenaline the shock of that question incited as I dropped off the drinks to my table.
At the end of the day, whatever, it was just a distasteful question from a customer. Still, it was shocking that some people are really that indecent.