One of the great benefits of working from home is being able to run little errands over lunch on occasion. Last week I got a wild hair that I would go get my nails done over lunch. It's not something I do very often, so it was a nice treat. I have been to this salon a few times and really like it. This one, like most in the area is owned and fully operated by Vietnamese men and women.
I am always amazed at how well they speak English. They have very strong accents, which can sometimes be difficult to understand, but I am always in awe of their ability to speak another language. I can barely come up with a half sentence in Spanish.
Anyway, I just wanted to give you a little background. So while I was doing my nails, the girl looked across me at the table and said "Would you like to have your eyebrows waxed today?".....I remember the last time I looked in the mirror thinking they needed some work, and I was thinking she must think they look awful if she is asking so I said "yes, actually I would, that would be great".
She finishes my nails and takes me into another room where she starts waxing my eyebrows. While she is doing this she again looks down at me
So she waxes "my mustache" and seems very pleased with herself. She brings the mirror back, "see much better". It's just funny, had this happened in a expensive salon and a woman there had said this to me I probably would have been furious and asked to speak to a manager, but somehow coming from this sweet girl with a thick accent, I just find it amusing...a little humiliating still, but mostly funny. In fact, my cousin was once fired from a job for a similar encounter when she straight up asked a lady if she would "like that mustache taken care of today". My cousin is sweet as she can be, and has a very thick Southern accent, but apparently that was still not enough to keep her customer from being furious.
Anyway, I just want you to know that I'm not some kind of bearded lady or anything, I'm just a woman with dark hair. All women have some hair on their upper lip, but when it's dark it shows up a bit more. Apparently mine was worse that I thought because it never really bothered me before and I had never had it waxed before. Gee....now I know.
So there you have it....but now I please "mustache" (must ask) you not to laugh at my facial hair.
Have you ever had an embarrassing moment like this before or had someone ask you something fairly inappropriate in normal everyday life?