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today i pickpocketed an armless man

September 15, 2008

please don’t think i’m mocking handicapped people.
i’m not.
i just couldn’t help but think it was a little bit funny. just his word choice.
there. now that i’ve put out that disclaimer…i have a short story for you.
today i was working in customer service at staples, and a man, probably in his mid-forties, came up to the desk and said, “excuse me, miss, could somebody please give me a hand?”
i looked up. and i swear, i SWEAR, i thought he just had his hands inside his jacket and was trying to be funny.
so, he wasn’t… thankfully, THANKFULLY, i was able to realize this BEFORE i laughed out loud, or said something stupid about how he didn’t have any arms.
it was just one of those things. it caught me off guard.
so i was helpful. i was nice. my brother has a handicap; those kinds of things don’t get me wierded out or anything. but it WAS a little awkward when he asked me to reach into his pocket and get his wallet for him when paying for his purchases. he had rather deep pockets. and there were people standing around, watching. what does one do when asked to reach into a stranger’s pocket and pull out their wallet?

so that was awkward.
but after he left, i found myself looking at my hands a lot. and feeling a little bit dumb for complaining about the paper cut on my finger all weekend.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Megs permalink
    October 1, 2008 5:21 pm

    Hmmm…makes you think, hey??

  2. Anonymous permalink
    September 16, 2008 4:43 am

    I have to agree that reaching into someone elses pocket would be wierd. my number is 773-1527….and i hear that you went home this past weekend….you drove through swift current and you didn’t stop to say hi…(I am actually not offended…) But I hope that you had a good weekend at home watching your sister play volleyball! -marian

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