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CAR CRASH

 

CAR CRASH

Ellie was stacking shelves – fast-movers at eye-level, own brand goods down low, luxury items up high, and was arranging the top shelf when someone smacked her bum. She whipped round to slap him, unfortunately still holding a tin.

The supervisor, clutching his cheek, escorted Ellie to the manager, who said sorrowfully, “I’ll have to let you go.”

“But it’s his fault for smacking my bum!”

“A pretty girl like you must be used to that.”

“You can stick your job, you sexist pig!” Ellie stormed out.

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“How was your first day?” asked Mum.

“Same as always – like a car crash.”

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Maybe because Rochelle -  https://rochellewisoff.com/ - used my photo this week, it took me ages to think of a story to fit, but here it is, finally. I couldn't fail after completely doing so last week, could I? 

And now I've got this weekly challenge done I can return to the novel I am struggling to bring together - always a difficult stage when you're half-way through, know where you want to end up, but can't quite see the route. But my spirits were lifted considerably this week by a message from a woman who bought a complete set of my LIVING ROCK series a few months ago, asking for another set. Which must mean she enjoyed them enough to want to give a set to a friend. Result!!

30 comments:

  1. I'd like to think this is fiction and that, in today's world, sexism would be, at least, better disguised than this guy. But, I fear, maybe not

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    1. One would like to think so, certainly.

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  2. How annoying that this still exists today... Good for her for not accepting it.

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    1. Good for her, indeed. There's no reason she should be considered fair game just because she's pretty.

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  3. This is all too common. Poor Ellie should have cracked the manager one too! Good story.

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    1. She should. Years ago I worked for a bank, and when I got married I had to quit and re-apply for my position!

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  4. Agh, it still happens in far too many places.

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  5. she should hire a lawyer and take them the court to prevent it from ever happening again.

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    1. That's a good idea - if she had the money to hire a lawyer!

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  6. My 16 yr old daughter got a job as a receptionist at a Hotel 6. The first day the maintenance man did something similar. She told the management, and they shrugged it off. Pretty girl, etc.

    I phoned the manager, gave him some advice, telling him that a 16 year old is a minor. She resigned.

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    1. Good for you and her, but she shouldn't have had to resign.

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  7. An all too common experience. Clever use of your own prompt Liz!

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    1. Thanks Keith - it's harder than you'd think, inventing a story for one's own photo!

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  8. Shame she didn't take his eye out :-)

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    1. That might have had more serious consequences than a lost job!

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  9. It's hard to imagine that still happening. No one should have to put up with that.

    Thanks for the use of your picture. I had fun with it.

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  10. Dear Liz,

    Ellie shouldn't have to put up with a sexist boss...no woman should. I like the way you took the road less traveled with the prompt. Great picture. Thank you.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks, Rochelle, and thanks for using my photo.

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  11. A well told story, and a neat take on the prompt. It's a good prompt, too - thank you, Liz!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the story and the prompt!

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  12. She should have bashed the boss with the tin after that. Good story and good prompt photo. Don't you see Jim Morrison peeking around that corner? lol

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    1. There was quite a crowd eventually - I was early on the scene.

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  13. No one has to put up with that sort of behavior. The manager should have been the one to get hired, and the pervert who smacked her too! Great take on the prompt!

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    1. Thank you, Shweta - things are, hopefully, different now after the 'me too' campaign!

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  14. The nerve of the manager saying that she should expect such unwanted attention because of her looks. A classic blame the victim remark. It should have been the supervisor who got the boot not her. Clever take on the prompt.

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  15. Great story. Most of my first days have felt like a car crash too, though not for htat particular reason.
    Ronda

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    1. First days are horrendous, aren't they? I am well past those now!

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