I work part time at a retail store. Most of my customers are male because of the type of store I work in. I’m still fairly new to this area and “Southern Hospitality” is the last of what I receive since relocating. I often have men making lewd comments that are just inappropriate and make me highly uncomfortable. Things really changed when I had a “customer” corner me and try to make me hug him. I was the only one on the sales floor but my boss was sitting in the back and he did nothing to help me out of the situation which he could clearly see from the surveillance cameras. When I approached him about that situation all he could say was “Tell them to leave”. I mean seriously, that it? There’s only ever one of us on the sales floor at any given time.
My husband and I talked about it and we both decided if my company did not want to do anything to help then we would have to figure something out ourselves. Because of the constant harassment I’ve changed my availability to morning hours only (when the creeps are least likely lurking). When the harassment continued out of my job and into the parking lot it became more uncomfortable, things have gotten to the point that I carry a taser with me in and out of work. My husband and I are in the process of selling our home to move closer to family where I feel safer and protected.
– “Frustrated and Disgusted”
Location: Pemberton Square Blvd. Vicksburg, Ms 39180