Paying the Price for Not Being Yourself

Stephen Hopson, a talented person who is a pilot and former stock broker, shares an embarrassing experience that could easily happen to anyone who is deaf. I do what he did — answer “yes” or “no” when I’m not sure what someone said and I’ve already asked him to repeat. You just don’t want to be a bother by repeatedly asking, “What?”
A minor incident happened a few months ago. It worked to my advantage, but it also made me feel guilty. At the mall, I stopped to get a soda on my way out. I ordered and had money in hand. The guy at the counter asked a question. After two or three times of “What?” I finally said, “Yes.”
The cost of the drink was less than what I usually pay. Confused, I took my drink and left. Moments later I figured out what he asked. “Are you a mall employee?” Oy! I accidentally lied and felt rotten about it. I tried to make up for it by giving a tip next time.


  1. That happened me a little while back, Keith and I were out for a meal and it was wonderful, the waiter came over and said what I thought was, ‘would you like a desert menue!!’ and I said No 🙂
    what he actually said was, did you enjoy that, is there anything else I can do for you?!!! and I said NO!!! 😮
    It got worse as he said, ‘why are you unhappy with your meal?’ and I was embarresed to try and explain the situation!! Madness, but it happenes to us all!! 🙂

  2. Oh Lord! I know exactly what you guys are talking about. I’m the guy that wrote the “embarrassing” story that Meryl was kind enough to link to my blog.
    When I read the above two comments, I had to laugh. Not AT you but WITH you because I’ve been there. Oh Lordy! We ought to write a book of such parody. It would be so funny!
    The things we learn! Oh well, I guess it’s live and learn. We all learn from our embarrassing experiences. 🙂 Thanks for sharing everyone. It made my day.

  3. LOL– like Stephen said, I’m laughing right along WITH you. 🙂

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