Afton’s Story: “I felt so demeaned and uncomfortable that I quit my job”

I worked on the street as a sign twirler for a furniture store, right on a corner that was known to have really long traffic lights. It was Summer in Arizona, so I wore a white T-shirt and midi-shorts (normal summer attire, not dressed indecently). Traffic was stopped and the car next to me was full of men. They rolled down their windows and catcalled for a while, and one of them attempted to douse my shirt with his drink (my WHITE T-shirt). When I didn’t respond, they cursed at me, saying I was an uptight prick and threw food at me. I was underage, trying to earn extra money for college. I felt so demeaned and uncomfortable that I quit my job, and when I told my boss why, he told me I was making too big a deal out of things.

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  1. JMGajda says:

    I’m so sorry this happened to you. You definitely weren’t over-reacting! Being harassed and having food thrown at you should never be something ANYONE has to put up with for a paycheck. You were right to quit and your boss should be ashamed of his reaction.

    Thank you for being brave enough to share your story. Every time we speak up we are changing things!

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