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She chose the wrong person to complain to!

If that woman was looking for sympathy from either K or me, she was sorely disappointed.

We were standing in line at a Brooks pharmacy waiting for my Prilosec prescription when the woman in front of us turns around and whispers something along the lines of, "Why don't they hire Americans?"

I looked her straight in the eye and asked, "Oh, how do you know they're not American?"

She waved her arm in their general direction and declared, "Look. They're all Vietnamese."

And I chose the mildest rebuke I could think of: "I'm sure they're all U.S. citizens," I said dismissively. The woman pursed her lips, got all haughty, and turned away. I resisted the urge to give her a blunter piece of my mind, though. I thought maybe I should point out that I'm not from this country myself, but she doesn't need to know anything about me. I think she got my point loud and clear.

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muffyjo
Nov. 22nd, 2005 08:05 pm (UTC)
That was beautifully put and, I think, showed a great deal of panache as the woman OBVIOUSLY hadn't thought it through not to mention her obvious racism. I think that would count as a "two-fer". You got her on both racism and patriotism. Nicely done.
urban_faerie_
Nov. 22nd, 2005 08:30 pm (UTC)
Silly Boy
Everybody knows you can't be a TRUE American unless you have fair hair and light skin and an anglo last name. The trouble with these immigrants is that they don't WANT to learn English or work.They'd rather suck off our welfare system and make terrorist plots right under our noses while we kind white people allow them to serve us in their degrading and low paying jobs, which is clearly too good for them. We shouldn't even have to look at people who are different than us, they should be off working in a closed factory making nike sneakers till they learn to speak good Amurican, dangit!

Don't you just love it?

I'd like to throw one of those people in a foreign country to work for a day and see how they handle it.
jwg
Nov. 22nd, 2005 08:45 pm (UTC)
You should have told her:
Huh? I have a responsible job working for .... But do you think I shouldn't have that job. I'm Panamanian and trying to become Italian in order to move to England. That should have messed with her head a bit.

dpolicar
Nov. 23rd, 2005 03:11 am (UTC)
I would have gone with "I think you meant to ask why they don't hire white people," but I like your version too.
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