Black Twitter recalls the times they were mistaken for the help #IDontWorkHere
Friday morning, Ebony's Jamilah Lemieux shared a story of having been mistaken for an Amtrak employee, even though she wasn't in a uniform and happened to be on her phone
Quick story: I was on an Amtrak train yesterday, taking an important phone call in the cafe car.— jamilah lemieux (@JamilahLemieux) March 4, 2016'
I was seated in business class and there wasn't a quiet car, so I had to use the phone there so as not to be Chris Christie..'
— jamilah lemieux (@JamilahLemieux) March 4, 2016 '
...an older White fella approaches me and smiles. I smile too. He then gestures to ask if I work in the cafè car. pic.twitter.com/Y1XKF5pfVT— jamilah lemieux (@JamilahLemieux) March 4, 2016'
I'm on the phone. And wearing a pink sweater. Not a blue shirt and certainly not, you know, an Amtrak UNIFORM. pic.twitter.com/FKGIRRiwOm — jamilah lemieux (@JamilahLemieux) March 4, 2016 ''
He sees my face change and apologizes quickly. A few min later, he mouths, "Did I offend you?" And I nod affirmatively.— jamilah lemieux (@JamilahLemieux) March 4, 2016'
Thankfully, this guy was semi-woke and said he understood what he did was wrong.
I told him, "You know, that's particularly sensitive because..." And he was like, "I know exactly what I did. And I'm so sorry." — jamilah lemieux (@JamilahLemieux) March 4, 2016 ''
' But that isn't always the case. The story inspired other people to share their moments when people assumed that they were around to offer a service when in actuality they were customers just like them
He seemed genuinely embarrassed and sorry. Promised to be more mindful in the future. I appreciated his lack of defensiveness.— jamilah lemieux (@JamilahLemieux) March 4, 2016'
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The 1st time this happened I thought it was a coincidence. After the 4-5th time, I blacked out. #IDONTWORKHERE https://t.co/3hLElzWaFv — Jeff (@JeffJSays) March 4, 2016 ''
you're either an employee or you're stealing, there's not much in between #idontworkhere— amo (@krennylavitz) March 4, 2016'
Or being mistaken for the coatroom
oh man I have an #idontworkhere story from a friend of mine. It's the USA, we're out shopping together (I'm a WW, she's British West Indian) — Elodie Glass ♥ (@ElodieGlass) March 4, 2016 ''
my friend kind of had her arms out with our coats on them and an old WW goes past and PUTS HER DISCARDED CLOTHES on my FRIEND #idontworkhere— Elodie Glass ♥ (@ElodieGlass) March 4, 2016'
And you didn't even apply for the job
Once, at a Safeway, I told someone, "#idontworkhere." She said, "Oh, you're off-shift." And I had to explain that I never even applied'
— bradley fields (@bradleyfields) March 4, 2016 '
Next time you should...nvm, that's illegal
Anytime I'm outside smoking a cigarette in front of a bar, white folks always assume I'm the bouncer and show ID #idontworkhere— Death Cab For Booty (@MC_Brooks) March 4, 2016'
Was in Walmart one day when a lady asked if I worked there. I was in biz casual from my actual job AND on the phone. #idontworkhere — 세리타 (@heyitscerita) March 4, 2016 ''
Looks like we need to avoid Walmart.
My hubs gets asked for help in Walmart. Usually wearing dress pants &shirt on the way home from work. Where he's a lawyer. #idontworkhere— Courtney Hall Lee (@CourtRhapsody) March 4, 2016'
You must have been ready to go.
I've gotten asked for help in the kids sec at Macys wearing a coat. #idontworkhere — Courtney Hall Lee (@CourtRhapsody) March 4, 2016 ''
Judge by the color of the shirt, not the color of the skin.
I'm standing in Best Buy wearing a LIME GREEN shirt (don't ask) and woman asks me questions about washing machines. #idontworkhere— Andrew Kam (@AndrewKam) March 4, 2016'
Is it bring your baby to work day?
I'm looking at TV's in Best Buy HOLDING A BABY and woman asks me, "Do you work here?" I'm holding a baby! What do you think? #idontworkhere — Andrew Kam (@AndrewKam) March 4, 2016 ''
@JamilahLemieux a ww at JCP asked me to get something for her I said "I don't work here" instinctively & she still tried to get me to help— sweaty from court (@JTaniyah) March 4, 2016'
The headphones must be connected to the employees in the back.
@JamilahLemieux Got asked if I worked at Foot Locker while I was shopping several times by White People. Had on a grey Hoodie & headphones — SPHINX ULTRA (@BLAQ6) March 4, 2016 ''
@JamilahLemieux CEO of [major media company] saw me in a conf room *for a meeting with him* & asked if I was the AV tech. Model minority!— Anil Dash (@anildash) March 4, 2016'
Yep, definitely not going to Walmart.
@JamilahLemieux @ReignOfApril my 13yo hates going to Walmart after school bc they ask if she works there'
— #BlackComicsMonth (@MizCaramelVixen) March 4, 2016 '
I hope you did indeed drag her into recognition
@JamilahLemieux I was in *DRAG* once and stopped off at Ralph's to pick up some sodas and got pestered by an old white lady to help.— Christopher Kelly (@seraph76) March 4, 2016'
Definitely would have put these in the nearest trash bin.
@anildash @JamilahLemieux my husband & I were at black tie benefit. An attendee handed my tux clad hub his keys assuming he was valet
Oh don't do it...
When I first moved to Boston, my parents were with me in Home Depot. (1/2) https://t.co/x2LLFc735W— Shauna Stuart (@ShaunaReporter) March 4, 2016'
(2/2) And a man walked RIGHT past the help desk with orange aprons to ask my father where power tools were. https://t.co/x2LLFc735W — Shauna Stuart (@ShaunaReporter) March 4, 2016 '