Blonde Ambition / by Courtney Mehlhaff

I was talking with a friend this weekend about how we met while working together many years ago, and I remembered the absolute craziest story about inappropriate workplace comments.

During a particularly busy season, our department hired several temporary workers to help with the overload. They were all in their early 20s, very capable, and perfectly nice for the most part.

We'd been working with them for a few weeks, but we hadn't socialized as a group beyond maybe a quick lunch or two, when one young guy approached my coworker in her office. He made some chit chat and then suggested that the two of them should spend more time together one on one.

My coworker was a bit baffled by his chummy attitude, because everyone was well aware that she was gay, and she hadn't said more than polite hellos to this guy. When she asked why he thought they should hang out, this is what he said. (Remember that this is at work, to a senior team member of the opposite sex, and someone he doesn't know well. I've also cleaned it up a bit.)

"We have a lot in common," he insisted.

"Like what?" she asked.

"Well," he said, very matter-of-factly. "We're both blonde. We're both effed up. And we both like p***y."

My coworker was, understandably, stunned. But to her credit, she gathered her wits and simply shot back, "What makes you think I'm effed up?"

He wasn't around long after that. And I don't know if it was bravado, naiveté, or just plain stupidity, but about a month later, this same guy emailed me asking for a recommendation. 

Now that's effed up.