Very rarely I get really upset about the way my customers act at Starbucks. However today I was so shaken up by a customers opinion that I nearly
broke down in tears.
First let me say I have a husband and three kids. I try to teach them that everyone is the same no matter who they love, worship or where they were born. I would be ashamed if my child ever acted like a bigot. I believe that everyone has an opinion and it is there deal.
Now I have same-sex partners bffs. I Have more than a few and they have never been scary or hurtful, and they were always there when I needed them. I am proud to say that I support gay marriage and happy that my company does support it. I think you should be allowed to do whatever and whomever you like and enjoy. It is love, not anything else.
So today was a busy Sunday and a woman came in with her daughter who couldn’t have been older than 13. She asked if a manager was available and I had said that I was the best she had. She was disappointed that I was busy. Then I offered to talk to her once my line was clear. I thought she was going to ask about a job or inquire about a Promotion. After 5 minutes of ringing up other customers I went into the cafe to find the customer.
“Ok ma’am. How can I help you?”
“I wanted to let you know I DO NOT support your company coming out in support of gay marriage.”
“Wait what? So you DON’T support it?”
Now I scoffed off…angry. First for you to interrupt my day to voice your opinion and what if I was gay? Or what if your daughter was? She had clearly not cared. I have partners who are in same-sex relationships and what if she said something to them. We had a lot of recent support and backlash from this subject; but I was so close to telling her my wife and I were happy.
In the end I did what I had to as a person who couldn’t react. I thought afterward that people who never mean to offend often do and perhaps they should just watch what they say.
•This post was started on April 22nd. I had decided not to publish it til now because I was taught by some of the best bloggers to think before you write.•