As you guys know, I have a rather complicated and a little extreme OCD when it comes to nail biting. I’m self conscious when people ask to take a look at my fingers/finger nails because of it, but if it’s not being put in the spotlight then I don’t worry about it too much. Today, I was ringing up a Vietnamese dad and his two teenage daughters. I noticed they were Vietnamese when he started speaking to them. AND THEN I noticed he started talking about me to them. He was telling his daughters to look at my hands and that my fingers are the result of constant nail biting and that if they continue doing so, they’ll have hideous looking fingers like mine. I noticed his daughters were looking at me as well and one of them accidentally made eye contact with me while I smiled back. She looked away from her dad and told him to be careful with what he says because I might be vietnamese. He retorted back that I probably wasnt vietnamese, that I was possibly korean instead. I gave an awkward laugh and told him in vietnamese that I am indeed vietnamese and understood everything he was saying. He quickly became embarrassed and said sorry to me while his daughters sort of laughed at my comment. Then he went back into speaking vietnamese with his daughters telling them that he shouldn’t be sorry because he didn’t say anything wrong. I quickly told him to listen to his daughters more often because he should really be careful with what he says about people in front of their faces. Again, he became embarrassed and the exchange he and I had with one another became very awkward and uncomfortable. I held his credit card beneath my fingers and gave it back to him, making sure he got a good look of my fingers before leaving, and then I wished him a good night.
I’m not gonna lie though, I felt pretty bummed about it afterwards and every customer I rang up after that, I played around with the movemen of my hands so they wouldn’t notice my fingers too much.