Saturday, August 23, 2008

Not Always Funny is more like it...

So lately I've become a big fan of the website Not Always Right. I've been going through the archives as I do when I find a site of that nature to be amusing, and have been laughing my arse off at a majority of the stories about idiotic customers and what the employees did or said in order to get the customer back for their stupidity. Today, however, I came across a post which I found to be incredibly infuriating.

First off, I'm used to seeing customers getting what they deserve on NAR. But this? She was simply wondering why her order wasn't there yet. And, although most likely the "untold number of X's" were probably only like, 3 or something, it could be a woman that genuinely could not get out very often or maybe she can't even find underwear in her size at a store. Her being upset about the order not arriving yet seems completely justified. In addition to that, the added "customer did not have a sense of humor 'cause he got fired" bit is just ridiculous. I happen to have the ability to find almost everything funny. But framing a "joke" like this in the context of the customer "not being right," especially when there's a good chance that she can't just go anywhere and get panties, just seems incredibly rude and unfunny. If anything, saying something like that looks like he's trying to blame HER for him getting fired, when he was the one who made the entirely too unfunny joke. And the fact that this got 636 thumbs up means to me that there are 636 people who feel that the fat woman was in the wrong here. 636 people who feel that she got what she deserved, and that David is one funny man. 636 people who don't realize that the woman reporting his rude comment to the higher ups was perfectly justified because, as far as we know, she may feel safest in an online shopping environment where she can't be stared at or ridiculed for her size. Or so she thought.

Comments are not only appreciated, they're encouraged ^_^ I'm really enjoying reading everyone else's opinions on the things that I post. If you haven't yet read or commented on it, please look at the post before this one about the late professor who thinks only fatties are virgins and all virgins are fat, and the guy who finds the quote hilarious.

26 comments:

CL said...

I'm embarrassed to admit I have read ALL of the archives of Not Always Right (during a very slow work week) and I still remember reading this post and thinking "what a douchebag."

Meowser said...

Oh, dude, I'm SO with you. I always wish for people like "David" to have to be put on a medication that makes them gain 150 pounds they can't lose no matter how little they eat or how much they exercise. See how HE likes it having to order his underwear by mail and having the people he's ordering it from openly laugh at him, like it's all his fault he's not "normal."

miriam-heddy said...

I've never read that site before, but I'd say that this particular story (which reads to me like an urban legend of sorts--or an old, stale joke) points to interesting (read: icky) things.

One of the things I've noticed is that fat women's underwear is particularly potent place of anxiety for heterosexual fat-phobic men. I think this is because it symbolizes their potential attraction to us--and us as sexual beings. If they have to think about fat women as sexual (that is, think of our underwear, and our underwear being off), then they have to face the possibility of thinking of us as sexual *objects*.

I think this freaks some men out. Hence movies and adverts have played on the visual joke of a fat woman's panties as if it was inherently funny when, to us, it clearly is not.

They all need to be called on it.

Resto said...

Yeah, I'm a HUGE (har) fan of "Not Always Right", as I worked retail for several years and can definitely sympathize with a lot of stuff people post. However, I thought this was a case of the employee being the ass, not the customer. He most certainly deserved what he got coming to him.

Mindy said...

Oh yeah, in this case it definitely is the case of the employee being the ass, not the customer. I've worked fast food and retail, and I know what a *real* bad customer is. This person was just wondering where he order was. Maybe she wasn't nice on the phone, who knows? Still his comment was uncalled for and I wouldn't have seen the humor, either.

Funny how when we hear things that are completely demeaning to us and don't laugh, we're accused of having no sense of humor. I like to laugh and make others laugh all the time, so I don't think my supposed lack of the humor sense has anything to do with it.

~T said...

And now that woman gets to be humiliated twice, once by "David" and once by having her ordeal plastered all over the internet.

I just pray to god some one made that story up for shits and giggles.

What a crock.

PS. Meowser, David knows that would NEVER happen to him 'cause everyone knows that if you don't lose weight its your own fault. Only .000001% of people who are fat have a medical problem. I know because I'm a doctor on the internet. If he gained all that weight, it would just take whatever he ate and cut it in half until he started losing.

Anonymous said...

wow what a jerk! :(

ps love the blog :D

Catz said...

here is the wonderful nellie mckay crooning on the 'lack of humor' theme, in a way that is incredibly truthful and somehow makes me feel a bit better:

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/nellie_mckay_sings_feminists_and_if_i_had_you.html

Funny, isn't it, the way subjugation and humiliation are hilarious! and/or titillating, as long as it's happening to a woman. Not funny ha-ha.

goodbyemyboy said...

Not Always Right is usually funny but they also have a good number of stories about employees behaving like douchebags in order to "pwn" customers.

The sad part about this douchebag getting fired is that he can continue to think of himself as an innocent victim of oversensitive people who just can't take a joke.

Scattered Marbles said...

I am currently on page 30 of the NAR site and some of them have had me laughing hysterically.

That one however wouldn't, it reminds me of a time I was checking out at a walmart and had a new bra in the pile, it was rather pretty and one of those ones with a bit of padding that keeps the nips from showing but also that makes the cups hold their shape. Well the cashier for the line I was in was a male probably late 20's and there were quite busy checkout lines on either side of us. He starts checking my items out and when he comes to the bra he picks it up, looks at it for a moment and then in a really loud voice was like "Oh my God is this for real or is this a joke? Dude (looking at the other cashier next to us)look at this thing oh my god I could fit my whole head in one of these things!" and promptly tries out his theory by putting it over his head "It is HUUUUUUUUUGE, we could both fit in here, look how long this is" holding the bra up and stretching his arms out holding on to either end of the band up high enough for all to see. He then continues to make little cracks about it as he checks me out, I am almost in tears and unable to reply because I was so shocked and embarrassed not to mention just trying to keep from bawling so I took my bags and slunk out of there. As I was leaving he was still making jokes and a few people were laughing... if I wasn't so ashamed at the time.. I would have hurt him... or gotten him fired. I never went back there lol

Fuzzy Necromancer said...

Scattered marbles:

Um, wow. That guy is an IDIOT.

Seriously, he WORKS in a clothing store and he puts undergarments on his head? x.x He's the one who should feel humiliated, not you.

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