Liz Erk (lizerk) wrote,
Liz Erk

"Yeah, you're Chinese..."

ARGH. Every three to four months I return about 3 trash bags full of bottles and cans to the grocery store redemption machines. It seems I can never do this without Incident. Last time it was a homeless person trying to steal my bottles, the time before that I got into a tussle with an old lady. (I know I posted about both times, but I can't find them right now to link 'em and I'm too lazy to look harder.)

Today I went into ghetto Malden to the Stop&Crap near where I used to work. There's a car wash near there, so I wanted to go shop, get my car cleaned and then pick up a pizza. I thought I was all clever and multi-tasky, but UGH! So not worth it. The people that run around there are, for the most part, Total Trash.

So I was standing in front of two machines and feeding plastics into one and aluminum cans into the other. During that time there was a tiny Vietnamese woman behind me, slowly depositing bottle after bottle from a shopping cart.

At one point a Stop&Crap employee came in to empty a couple machines and pick up trash. He looked at the Vietnamese woman and said, "You've been here over an hour. You're not supposed to be here more than an hour."

She just looked at him. It was clear she didn't understand him.

"Don't you hear me?" He raised his voice. "Yeah, that's right. Because you're Chinese. Damn Chinese. Why are you even here? Don't understand a godamn word I'm saying..."

I whipped around and looked at him. He was totally in her face.

"Why don't you shut the fuck up?" I asked him.

"What?" He looked at me. "I work here."

"I don't care where you work," I said. "Who the hell do you think you are, speaking to her like that?"

"Well," he started. Then he repeated himself. "I work here."

"Yeah, I know." I said. "You're obviously an uneducated piece of white trash. You shouldn't be giving her a hard time, she's probably getting more money from those bottles than your stupid ass makes here in a week. Watch who you harrass next time, you piece of shit."

He just looked back at me and then walked out. The Vietnamese woman looked startled, then she smiled at me. I started to wonder if she gets a hard time on a regular basis. I used to see her picking through the trash when I went out to the store on occasion during lunch.

Anyway, I hate people... where do they get off?! I wanted so badly to smash a bottle over that guy's head. ARGH!

I think I'm just grouchy because I'm functioning on 3.5 hours of sleep.

*sigh* Must. Take. Nap.
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