Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s comments this week regarding sexual harassment reminded me of my 11 years working in the restaurant industry.
I used to work at a restaurant in Brooklyn, where I was the owner’s “favorite waitress.” We had this one regular who’d say some crazy things every now and then, but I’d always shrug it off.
One day, while I was preparing his usual cup of coffee, he said, “Hey, little black girl, you got enough milk in those jugs for my coffee?” I was stunned and embarrassed. I forced a smile, gave him his coffee, and went straight to my manager.
“Oh it’s no big deal,” he replied. “He’s kidding!”