Posted On: Tuesday - November 24th 2020 10:48AM MST
In Topics:   Immigration Stupidity
You know, sometimes these blog post ideas come one right after another. The thoughts for this one came to me not more than 30 seconds after those that led me to write Hurrah for extra Credit Card charges! last week. I'm just getting around to it.
The .Indian woman cashier that I dealt with twice as I paid in cash to fill the gas tank was decent enough, though no telling about her English. Nobody seems to want to chat as much now. As I came in to pay (first time inside) with a 20, I figured I may as get some one dollar bills too that I needed for something. The lady was fine with that. She went into another drawer of some sort to put in my 10 and get the 1's out, versus the one she put my 20 into. Maybe that's odd and about tax avoidance, maybe not...
I figured I'd better count the bills, and I'd better do it right there inside the store. If the amount were wrong, coming back from outside would be suspect if they didn't add up. OK, so I counted them up for a few seconds, and went on my way to pump gas (again, coming in later for the change once that tank was as topped as it could be). While coming out of the store, I wondered for a second (well long enough to get a blog post going!) whether this lady would be offended by my counting the money right in front of her.
It's a matter of trust but also of competence. My guess, based completely on stereotypes, mind you, as that is usually all I have to go by, was that the lady was probably very competent, but maybe not so trustworthy. I'd never met the lady before. No, I've never had any bad dealings with .Indian people in general, but I haven't had any major dealings at all. Even the stereotype in my head would tell me that 95% of the convenient store clerks of this persuasion would give me the right change, based on honesty. I don't want to lose 5% though, or I would just keep my money in the bank, with no interest and exposed to inflation, wait ...
Was the lady pissed off at me, a native of her adoptive country, for not trusting her? I don't care that awful much, but I thought about it long enough for this post. "Oh, these Americans don't trust us. That is so stereotypical - probably another Trump voter who wants to kick us all out. We need to change this country by overwhelming these white people with numbers. I can't wait till my cousin from Bombay gets through the hoops with my Uncle Apu's bribe money, so he can take over, and I can spend more time on my hair and dot."
Who knows what she's thinking? That's the problem with having a mishmash of ethnicities and races in this Tower of Babylon. I've heard it from an immigrant woman myself: "I can't see what these people I work with are thinking. It's different from back home." Actually, it's not that much different as women everywhere think that female intuition is accurate, but it's not half the time. I don't have feminine intuition. However, if it's any American-looking individual behind the register, I'm gonna have more faith, and probably not count the change. Sorry, I could be wrong in my estimates. Too bad.
Would it not be better if we have much smaller numbers of immigrants who we can get to know and trust (or not) after a while? If you've got one Chinese family in the whole area, and people understand they are good people, must of us will not worry when we get our change from the teenage son as the store. Of course, being a Millennial, like all of them, I'd kind of wonder if he knows how many 1's to give back from a 10. If there's no app, I mean, what the hell do you do?