Introducing the Social Intelligence Test! From what I can tell, it’s sponsored by Harvard and it’s rather interesting. The basis is you look at pictures of people going through different emotions and decide what emotion they’re feeling. The trick is, you can only see their eyes.
How well can you read people? I never thought I was good at it, but I scored rather high on this test. It was a very interesting experience! I highly recommend taking this!
13 out of 36…
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30 out of 36.
33 out of 36!
30 out of 36
So at work today, I was working and it was a bit busy. This lady came in and within the three of us making her food we thought she wanted cheese on her food — she didn’t. When I put cheese on it, she said to the three of us:
"I did not want cheese. What is wrong with you people? Are you uneducated? No cheese!"
She had two preteens with her who looked mortified. What I can tell you from nearly 5 years in food service is that this reaction isn’t typical. This reaction tells me something is going on in her day. Regardless, never talk to a service worker that way. Where I work is very young and pretty much everyone I’ve met is in college, or high school with intent to go to college, the “vice GM” is 21 years old and studying for his gre to get into a neuroscience program. So we’re a young intelligent group of people, not like that matters but context is nice.
The three of us kind of looked at her and after she said “remake it” in the snottiest voice, I kind of slipped. I looked her dead in the eye and said:
"Ummmm, I graduated from the ‘Harvard of the SUNYs, and my in a masters program for the fall."
After which, I began to remake her food but the message was heard.
I share this not because of my ridiculous response cause it is rude, I shouldn’t talk to a customer like that, even if they talk to me rudely, but because there’s an important lesson here. Never judge anyone, especially a service worker, on their intelligence because of the job they hold. I’ve met some smart ass people with and without degrees who work in food. I’m boy saying don’t judge them cause they’re smart, I’m saying don’t judge them cause they’re a human being doing something hella nice for you. So next time you order and you’re in a pissy mood, remember that we are people too and that you’re being a rude cunt.
Enjoy your meal y’all, and come back again :)
OUT Magazine | 2010
Photograph | Matthias Vriens-McGrath
You know how there are popular tumblr response phrases? Like “this”? I can’t stand “this is (so) important”. This shit ain’t important for me