I thought I had already written a blog on this subject, but cant seem to find it. Maybe amongst the blogs it is there hidden and waiting. Since it happens to be the time of year when Shoppergeddon happens I should post some thoughts especially within the supermarket life. This time of year means school holidays and there would be opeople all over the place including upset kids
You will always hear about people with autistic kids having a melt down or something similar while they are in a shop especially a supermarket. Then they complain they are getting nasty looks from the people who work in the supermarket and / or sometimes they lash out at the worker thinking they are special and they are ‘protecting’ their child in a meltdown. My response is actually build a bridge and get over it.
Why the attitude? The reason is this. You are nothing special. You are just another person with a crying, upset child. It is something that is seen everyday and all day. I do actually find this to be amusing and I am giving a look of disgust, but also laughing that you are stuck with the young one and I am not. If you are wanting to lash out at a worker. Then be very careful as you yourself will be in for loads of trouble. Think before you say or do anything as you will be on camera well before you leave the store and it could be handed on to the authorities including the security for a shopping centre. Retailers are starting to take a zero tolerance for any abuse be it verbal or physical towards their staff members. Maybe this updated blog can serve as a reminder. In the last couple of months the retail union has pushed out the information as it will no longer be tolerated and I think this should serve as a reminder for all those living in Aspieland. People do remember you and word does spread especially when you do not act normal or do something that is not expected.
There is stereotype that annoys me and that is to do with autistic people lining things up to look all neat and tidy. Like all the vegies in fresh produce looking like they are lined up and neat after some ‘autistic’ employee spent hours doing the display up. I would say great marketing as its not the reality. In 11 years I have never seen this nor would any manager allow anyone to do this on the clock. My boss would disagree too especially when there is a constant game of Jenga being played and I am not that neat unless time permits me to be, but that is actually rare. My ears should really be burning on some days.