‘Sexist’ Man Demanded to Speak to ‘One of the Boys’ Instead of Woman Worker

"Sexist" customer wanted a man to help

In a popular post on social media, a worker shared his story on how he handled a “sexist” customer who demanded to speak to “one of the boys” instead of a woman worker.

Published on Reddit‘s r/MaliciousCompliance forum, a man under the anonymous username u/WoolliesMudcake shared his story and his post has received over 18,000 upvotes and 700 comments.

The original poster (OP) began his story by explaining that when he was 18, he worked for a popular automotive parts company. In the store he worked at, there was an equal number of men and women employees. However, the women employees would sometimes receive comments from both men and women asking if there was a male worker that could help them out instead.

While the OP was working in the back of the store, he had one of his female coworkers ask him if he could help a customer. He briefly explains that she had been working for the company for about seven years and he had only been there for a few months.

Above, a customer is angry at an employee. In a post published on Reddit’s r/AmITheA**hole forum, a man shares his story on how he handled a customer who was being “sexist” towards his female coworker.
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The OP wrote, “I ask why she needs help because she usually knows more than I do considering how long she’s been working here. She explains she was standing at the service desk and a guy came up and asked her to ‘get one of the boys’. She tried explaining to him that she is more than competent to help him but he insisted that a man needs to help him. so After hearing this i decide f**k it I may as well have some fun. I tell her to follow me back to the desk where he was and to just let me sort it out.

“I get to the customer and ask what he needed. He explained what he was after so I kinda just stare with a puzzled look for a moment. Look at the customer and say ‘I’m sorry I actually don’t know how to help with that one’ and turn to my coworker and say ‘actually, shes an expert in that field she knows more about that than I do I’m sure she can help you’. He looks annoyed and asks for ‘another one of the boys’ and on cue one of my other male coworkers who had overheard the entire conversation walks over,” he continued.

After some of the other male employees echoed the OP’s words, the customer “begrudgingly” let the woman help him but eventually walked out of the store without saying a word.

Newsweek reached out to u/WoolliesMudcake for comment.

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