Asian Confusion

Honest Ed’s had one of their door crashers this morning and we thought we’d wade into the fray for cheap sugar.

We went to the wrong area (of course) and scrambled upstairs to get in another line.

We obediently waited like sheep when we heard a woman yelling. She was accusing people of getting in line for another bag of sugar- calling them selfish, greedy, blah, blah, blah….

The two woman being admonished looked at each other, slightly bemused, and told the screamer that they had just walked in from the TTC and opened their bags to show there was no sugar.

The screamer continued to rant a little longer then shut her mouth.

I guess all of us Asians really do look alike.

I have seen people (Asian and non-Asian) get back in line for free/cheap stuff. I’ve thought about doing the same on occasion but shame, embarrassment and a sense of fairness keeps me from going there but it is rare to hear someone go off on someone else for getting back in line for seconds.

One would think that you would make sure you were 100% sure the people actually deserve your ire. And maybe yelling wasn’t the best course of action. Calm discourse is generally more acceptable and less likely to make bystanders think you are looney tunes. The people waiting in line behind us made #1 gestures with their finger while exchanging knowing and slightly mocking looks. I wanted to laugh but I had to explain to my mom what was going on since her English isn’t the best.

I agree with my mom that is is bad form to go in for seconds- especially when the lineups are long and the supply is very limited. But this wasn’t the issue. The ranter got in the face of these other women, was proven wrong and did not apologize for her error.

I am glad no one came to blows (thankfully we weren’t at a Walmart in the U.S.) but are we getting to the point where security is required to make sure things are civil? We’re all grown-ups. Shouldn’t we already know how to behave?

Do I go into the uglier subtext of what happened?

Should I stop joking with my Asian friends about how we all look alike to non-Asians? (Even though I can site specific instances where this has happened and they are actually funny?)

What is considered acceptable, politically correct, is a moving target but one thing I think we can all agree on is if you are wrong about something, “I’m sorry” is a good place to start and sometimes, it is enough.

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~ by angryegg on July 1, 2012.

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