Monday, September 20, 2004
A customer came through my coworkers lane on Thursday and said, "Oh, I'm so sorry you could not get off work this morning to go support President Bush. Isn't it great that we have a pro-life president? He is such a blessing to our country."
All my coworker could do is smile and say, "Thank you. I hope you have a nice day."
How would the customer have reacted if the person standing behind the counter handing back her change had told her that he did not think President Bush was a blessing to our country, that he did not support the president and his administration, and then proceeded to ask how President Bush could be both a pro-life and death penalty supporter? Most likely, she would have been insulted.
But people who are working do not get the benefit to say how they really feel without jeopardizing their jobs.
And your point is ...? You have freedom of speech while someone else is paying you to serve customers?
Get thee to the co-op, dear.
Most people are just trying to make small talk, but assuming that others will agree with certain political views is ignorant and not fair to those who feel strongly about their own politics. Please don't compromise my beliefs just because I'm punched in.
Please don't take your employer's money with that attitude, either.