I had been given some gift certificates for one of the higher-end stores in the area, a store I generally do not shop at. My husband and I had looked at clothes but everything seemed very expensive for what you were getting, paying $50 for a T-shirt just did not do anything for me. The perfume counter is another story. I was going to see if I could get a different scent, and we asked to see something. the clerk grabbed a card, slapped me in the face with it and said that is what it smells like. Well, I left the store, gave the gift certificates to a co-worker for a favor and have never been back to that store, but, before I left I did ask to see the manager. I don't know what happened to the clerk, but, I do know a couple of customers overheard my explaining to the manager why I was leaving and they left too. Rose Combs rosecombs@xxxxxxxxx -----Original Message----- From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Mary Emerson Sent: Friday, February 03, 2006 4:23 PM To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [bct] Re: Podcast on comparing JAWS and Window-Eyes Neal, That is a humiliating experience your professor had. I got a lot of that when I was in school; I was called "that thing" by kids who had obviously never dealt with disabled people; even in college when attending something with my room mate, kids from the nearby University of California sat near us specifically to make fun of us; my room mate was sighted, but they made fun of her helping me. I even got some of it in the work place. I even got humiliated by a couple of kids at a Billy Graham meeting one time who obviously had no training in how to deal with disabled people; we aren't supposed to hear them when they say offensive things about us and are standing a few feet away, and these kids were the ones who were "trained" to wander around, pestering people to "make a decision". It's all in the past though, so I chalk it up to ignorance. Just because somebody goes to church doesn't mean they can't be mean. I can too, I admit; when cult members come to my door, I slam it in their faces, and I am grateful they don't come back. There is a time to be firm and assertive; if you don't stand your ground with some people, they'll walk all over you and enjoy it. Mary, who really hates being confrontational but there's a time and place for everything.