He Who Laughs Last....
Conversation Overheard at work:
Vendor 1: Ok, so bloody woman with a camel doesn't want what we have.
I realize with a shock that 'bloody woman with a camel' is a reference to me & no other.
There is laughter.
Vendor 2: Yes. She'd rather have something else. The question is do we want to build it?
Vendor 3: Bruce, she represents what? 20% of the world's oil reserves? I'd say yes!
More racist comments. More laughter.
I do NOT represent 20% of the world's oil reserves!
1) The client IS a governmental entity but they don't control any oil reserves.
2) They're not my client, they're a client of the organization I happen to work for. Am just the hired help.
3) We don't represent them. We don't represent anyone. We're not lawyers. We're just their IT Consultant/Project Manager.
So in addition to being racist, those 3 are clearly idiots. But then racists so often are, aren't they?
Back in the conference room, sitting across the table from those 3, am thinking to myself that I shouldn't be upset. No matter how much they may dislike me & my camel, they will do what the client wants. And on these issues at least, I get to say what the client wants.
Like it or not, they WILL jump through my hoops. And since they were stupid enough to let me overhear their opinion of me & my race, this 'bloody woman with a camel' is now resolved to do everything in her power to ensure that they will always have plenty of hoops to jump through while she watches & laughs...