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DARLY55
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NSV or human bias - you decide!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

I went to Lowe's yesterday, and spent some time in the flooring department planning my next project. Ten men stopped (one or two at a time) to ask me if I needed assistance with anything, I thanked them, said no, and continued with my planning.
40 lbs ago, I was in the same department at the same store looking at similar items. And how many people stopped to ask if I needed assistance then?

NOT ONE!

Now, you tell me - is this overweight bias? Or is this just another NSV?

The positive attention made me feel good, yet a part of me was irritated at the same time!

Let me just say this, I always have carried myself confidently, so that is not the issue here. My behavior cues were the same, I'm sure. So I decided to take it as an NSV and not dwell on mans' inhumanity of man !
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  • v MAMALIZ1955
    We are what we look like.. I used to be the jolly fat women and it worked. Now I am jolly less fat women. And that is working much better... Amazing!
    1311 days ago
  • v ALEXSGIRL1
    I do think people get treated differently for the way they look, not just weight issue, but the way you are dressed, and if you are really pretty or not. I am sorry this happened to you but so ultra glad you lost the fourty pound awesome.
    1317 days ago
  • v MARTY728
    emoticon on the weight loss and attitude! emoticon
    1317 days ago
  • v NEWSTARTNANA
    First, congratulations on the 40 pounds! Second, it is possible that the store has been doing a better job of training their staff. Maybe they had a contest going on or something. There may also have been a turnover in staff; maybe those employees you encountered earlier weren't approaching anyone, or just people that they felt like talking to. Maybe those people were encouraged to shape up or were fired. There is no excuse for being ignored in a store, where it's their job to help you buy things. At any rate, I'm sure you are in a lot better shape to take on big projects than you were 40 pounds ago, so more congrats on THAT non scale victory!
    1317 days ago
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