(And this may just be the PMS talking, so be forewarned....)
If you've ever been around me for more than a few minutes, you'll easily recognize that I am a very organized, logical, ducks-in-a-row kind of person. So when I say that I have a very difficult time dealing with people that are "stupid," it usually means they did something very unorganized, ill-logical, or a very not ducks-in-a-row kind of action.
T has been having some issues at work lately. When he was hired back in May, the boss also hired about 5 others. One of these new employees, "Janie", has a disability. She is a little person, which to people like you and me, makes no difference whatsoever. Big deal. I'm going to treat her with the respect she deserves -- as a person -- because every person deserves that respect.
So what's the problem? Everybody. Else.
We live in a small farm town community in a very conservative area. That is not to say that I am not conservative myself because I am. The difference here, people, is that I am open-minded. It must be because I grew up with hippie parents (which I think it totally awesome), but I don't judge people by the way they look -- only by the way they act and treat other people. It's all about the respect! (Did you see that? Can you see the hippie blood running through my veins now?)
Let me start at the beginning. T would come home after work some nights and tell me about how the other employees in the store would ridicule Janie for not learning fast enough and the fact that she had a hard time talking to the other employees and customers. (NOTE: At this point, T hadn't told me yet that she was a little person or had any disabilities whatsoever. As far as I knew, she was normal sized and of average intelligence.) I guess it got so bad one day that the other employees put together all their complaints about Janie and gave them to their boss, with the intent of getting her fired. T didn't participated in this because he had only worked with Janie once so he hadn't had any reason to put complaints in to the boss.
I didn't realize how bad it actually was until we went to T's company party the other night, and all the employees (including the boss) were sitting around the dinner table, making fun of someone or something called "Nugget." I didn't really think anything of it -- I thought they were just laughing about some inside joke at work. I hadn't ever met any of the people T worked with, so I figured it wasn't my place to say anything about a topic I had no idea what they were talking about.
I found out later that night from T that Janie was in fact a little person, wore a hearing aid, and that the employees were in fact calling her "Nugget." (Something about not being a full chicken breast, but only a chicken nugget) I. was. appalled. I can't BELIEVE that anyone would do something so hateful and so discriminatory to anyone. I was pissed.
As T and I got to talking that night, I found out that the reason Janie had such a hard time talking with customers and learning all the products in the store is that no one had taken the time to actually teach her anything about the store...um, well, duh. If you want someone to sell products, they need to be taught (read: ill-logical). And the other store employees were trying to get her fired?? For them not teaching her??? Oh, it gets better.
What frustrates me even more is the fact that T's boss was actually calling Janie "nugget" too. Oh...man....talk about adding fuel to my fire. I am in the military, right? Team leaders just don't do that. You are the leader of your freakin' team, man! Own up and be a friggin' man! Tell off your employees for being utterly disrespectful! Thing is, he HAS to know that what he's doing is discrimination and is punishable by fines starting at $300,000 (T looked that up). Sounds to me like he's just begging to be sued.
Dude, if I was Janie, I'd be all over that man, and not in a good way.
Regardless, this is just one instance lately that has thrown me through the loop of stupid people. Experiences? Stupid people you know? Comment me.