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Saturday, September 4, 2010

I Don’t Get Men

Yep, here I go again talking about something other than a giveaway. I just need to vent.

I don’t get men.

It’s that simple.

Where I work, a hardware store, men are around me ALL. THE. TIME. I have no problem with that. In fact, I dig everyone who comes into our store…mostly.

What I don’t understand is why, when I say, “Hi, how are you doing today?” some men take that as a come on.

I can tell immediately which guy knows I’m asking if they need help finding something or if they think, “Hey, how you doin’?” Like they’re Joey from Friends.

I think I become a deer in headlights at that moment. My job has just become one of “Just the facts sir.”

Then there are the times when I’m helping a customer and engaging them in conversation and all of sudden there’s this moment when I realize they think I’m being more than an employee. Like I’m trying to get to know them better.

WHAT? I’m just doing my job.

All I did was ask them if they needed help finding a tool and asking them what their project was.

Next thing I know, they’re showing up at work to have a conversation…while I’m working.

staplerAll I want to do buddy is sell ya a stapler. That’s all you’re getting out of the deal.

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Then…THEN there are the older gents.

The ones who, because of their age, think they can get closer to you, hug you, tell you how good you smell.

Yah, you like that smell? It’s my deodorant.

So, is there a guy out there who can explain what’s up? Why do you think I’m hitting on you when I say a simple hello?

It’s not like I just winked and gave that “come hither” look.

Maybe next time I’ll scowl and threaten someone. Maybe if I’m told how good I smell I could tell them I just tooted. My boys would like that one!

Bottom line, I like where I work, and I truly do love the customers that come in. I just don’t want to be anyone’s honey…at least not if they’re over 45, missing teeth, have their pants with their crack showing, or look like they haven’t showered for a couple days.

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