Bartells Drug Complaint - Being called kids

Review by justme80 on 2010-12-19
It bothers me that when I go to Bartells to pick up prescriptions The lady always refers to us as kids or sweety or other such names. We realize that she is only trying to be nice, however we are 80 years old and it just don't sound right.
Comments:17 Replies - Latest reply on 2010-12-20
Posted by David on 2010-12-19:
it just don't sound right? no it doesn't. Problem with your complaint is people trying to be nice get slammed for it so we all get stuck with the roboton clerks who mumble to you. Can't you just relax a bit and appreciate the people are trying to have some fun with you?
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-19:
In my profession it is considered demeaning, disrespectful, and grossly inappropriate to refer to someone in that way. You could let her know that the way she addresses you is offensive to you, and tell her how you prefer to be addressed.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-19:
It is disrespectful. One of my daughter's friends won't stop calling me "Sugar Booger". In a place of business, it is completely inappropriate. They can be friendly in other ways.
Posted by Skye on 2010-12-19:
Just ask politely, that you would like to speak to her for a moment, in private, and tell her you feel disrespected, by her calling you sweety and kids, and you would appreciate if she did not address you as such. She'll never know this offends you, if you never let her know.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-19:
I have the opposite issue. I get called "hun" or "sweetie" or "darling" all day long at work. The majority of the people who call into my work are elderly. It is annoying, but I know they are just being nice
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-19:
shorty, I'd rather be called "hon" than a "hun" any day, lol! Now THAT would be offensive.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-19:
LMAO Rip! You know what I mean!
Posted by RedHeadedVet on 2010-12-19:
While I am also guilty of often calling people "Hon" (my southern shows sometimes), I have to agree with the OP that being called "Kid" when a person is 80 years old seems a bit disrespectful.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-19:
I get called "kid" and I think it's disrespectful, and I'm 29.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2010-12-19:
Friend of my son was at my house and I called him boy in a conversation, he objected, I explained to him, "BOY, ya ain't full grown till your parents are dead".
That being said, if I got underwear older than the person I am speaking with, they are still a kid. Nothing about being disrespectful, a matter of age, culture, and upbringing.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-19:
I get called son all the time I used to think it was odd but eventually got used to it.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-19:
My boyfriend calls every male 'boss' and every female 'hon' or 'doll'
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-20:
This is what is wrong with our country. You can't even be nice to people any more without worrying about getting in trouble. Seriously. Has it really come so far as we have to be politically correct ALL the time now? The clerk is obviously trying to be nice and friendly by calling you kids. This country is seriously becoming quite sad. What ever happened to sense of humor? Pretty soon clerks will have to be completely silent as to not say anything at all that may offend someone.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-20:
I cant stand walking into a store, and an employee gives me the standard robot service with no smile or even eye contact. I like going into a store, and able to talk to employees who like to actually "talk" to you and able to joke around and be friendly. Not only does it make my shopping experience more enjoyable, but its nice to know the employee is able to enjoy his/her job a little bit more. I dont get it. People complain if youre not friendly enough, and even complain if they acutally are friendly? Ugh Im so glad I dont work in retail any more.
Posted by trp2hevn on 2010-12-20:
I prefer it somewhere in the middle. I don't need a conversation, just a "hi" with a slight smile, ring up my stuff, tell me my total and a "thank you".
Posted by Nohandle on 2010-12-20:
Perhaps the next time you are in Bartells you might tell the lady you are not now nor shall you ever be her sweety. That should certainly put a stop to it. Seriously, there is a chance the woman doesn't realize how it bothers you. It might also be the way she addresses every customer. I'm not making excuses for the employee but if it troubles you please do speak up. She probably has no idea you feel offended.
Posted by FlShopper on 2010-12-20:
I don't think being PC has anything to do with it. It's a matter of people being overly familiar and not everyone appreciates that. It's just a personality thing.
There's one woman who works at the Publix Deli counter, and she refers to ever woman (including me) as "girlfriend". I find it really annoying, but for the very few times I have to deal with her, I just let it slide.

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