A student goes to buy groceries at the supermarket near her dorm. There is a man working there with Down syndrome who bags the groceries. But one day she has to witness this scene:
"(I am at my regular grocery store at the checkout. The bagger is a sweet man with a mental disability, who is carefully bagging my items.)
Bagger: "You want this one?"
(He holds up one of my canvas bags, which I see has a hole in it.)
Me: "No, use another. Thanks."
Woman behind me: "God! Hurry it up!"
Me: "I just finished paying. He's fine."
Woman behind me: "Oh, so you're slow like him too? God all you special people need to stop interfering with normal people."
Bagger: *looks offended* "Ma'am, she's not not-smart. She goes to [University]." *points to my university logo on my sweatpants* "She's real smart."
Me: "And he's the best bagger here! He's very careful, ma'am, which is a good thing with groceries."
(My bags are done. Since he knows I walk back to my dorm, the bagger just hands them to me and helps me shoulder them.)
Woman behind me: "God he won't even help you take them to your car? What a delinquent. I want to see a manager about this!"
Me: "I walk, lady. You want to call a manager over something I have intentionally asked him to do many times?"
Bagger: *to me* "Have a nice day!"
Woman behind me: "Retard."
(The cashier, who hasn't said a word through the whole thing, looks at the woman calmly.)
Cashier: "Refusal of service for massive discrimination towards a valued employee, as well as a regular customer. You may leave your items here, we'll shelve them later. Please leave."
(She instead decides to cause a massive disturbance, eventually breaking a shelf, and needing to be physically restrained while the bagger leads me and another customer behind the cigarette counter for our safety. We have to wait for a cop to come.)
Bagger: "Still... coming next week?" *he looks worried*
(His smile made me really happy for the rest of the day.)
Sometimes you really have to wonder what people are thinking who act like this, just because someone is too slow. Luckily, the other customers and co-workers knew how special this man was. Share this story if you also believe the cashier did the right thing by not serving the mean woman and asking her to leave the store.