If you were to go around and speak to your female friends or the women in your life, chances are most of them would have at least one experience they can recall where they were ignored or overlooked for a man or not taken seriously until they had a man with them.
Women of Reddit decided to share some of their “I am the client, not my husband” moments to show that whether it was in the workplace, at a car dealership, at the doctor’s office, or even in their own home, women can also be the ones who are in charge.
You Come Into My Home?
That is when we would be promptly asking the joiner to leave the house that we own and we pay for. Take your business to a person who actually speaks to you.
There Are No Girlies Here
If someone comes into your business and snaps their fingers at you while asking you to make him a cup of tea, that’s basically him asking for you to dump that hot water onto his lap. It’s fair game.
Oh, You Want To See Hysterical? She’ll Show You Hysterical
You might assume that anything to do with the female body, like breastfeeding, for instance, would obviously be something to talk to a woman about, but apparently, you’d be making the wrong assumption.
What If Your Husband Just Left You And Isn’t Coming Home?
Who knew that having a husband was now a requirement for getting a roof fixed? I’m learning so much! This woman also quickly learned that that was not the company she was interested in giving her hard-earned money to.
Sometimes Confrontation Is The Only Option
As much as this person’s mother might consider herself to be non-confrontational, sometimes you just need to start a fight. This salesperson seems to have deserved what was coming his way.
Always Talk To Both Clients
Anyone working in a trade or in the service industry or just working with customers in general could probably do well with learning this lesson. When it comes to big financial decisions, it can never hurt to check with both sides of the couple.
Pat Needs To Check Himself
“And what does she do here?” Yikes. Note to self: never speak about someone in the room as if they’re not standing right next to me and as if they can’t give me their opinion themselves…
Say Goodbye To That Sale
“What sort of car would she like?” Gee, I don’t know, why don’t you ask her? She’s standing right next to you, it shouldn’t be terribly complicated to ask the person in question what they want.
He Should Work On His Sales Tactics
The salesman isn’t necessarily wrong that a lot of couples make financial decisions together, but in terms of his delivery? That’s going to be a big old “F” for execution.
Women Have Wallets Too
Women are the ones who often carry the money because we’ve got those handy dandy purses to throw all of our stuff into, like our wallets. The man doesn’t automatically have the money.
Building Those Strong Colleague Relationships
At least the colleague was smart enough to make the right move in this situation. He gets a free lunch and he gets to suck up to his colleague a little bit. It’s a win-win.
But Her Name Is On It Too?!
The logic here—or really, lack thereof—is a little bit baffling. A parcel that is addressed to both people should be able to be picked up by either person, shouldn’t it?
There Goes Their Commission
She may have brought along her boyfriend for his opinion and some moral support, but plenty of people bring a friend or companion house hunting even if that person doesn’t have any financial involvement. She still got the house she wanted, so it worked out in the end.
He’s Just The Plus One
A solid answer on the husband’s part, who was purely there to accompany his wife. She’s the one with all the knowledge about what she needs, and the one paying for it. Defer to her.
Please Don’t Make Eye Contact With Me
Leave your gender norms at the door before you step into somebody’s home! Every couple handles tasks or jobs differently and divides the responsibilities in a way that works for them.
Women’s Pain Is Legitimate Too!
We’d like to give the medical community the benefit of the doubt and hope that it was just this particular doctor who didn’t take a woman’s pain seriously. We also seriously hope she found herself a new doctor.
But… But… It’s Her Body?
Unless her husband also had to undergo surgery to get his appendix removed, it’s hard to see how his comfort level in this situation has anything to do with the question his wife asked about her own body.
It’s Her Treat
Even after the boyfriend tried his best to not take the bill and not even give the waiter room to leave the bill, he was still somehow left with the check. Clearly, it’s a sign from the universe that he should pay for dinner.
Gender Doesn’t Dictate Knowledge
Are there a lot of women who don’t know all that much about cars? Sure, but there’s also plenty of men who don’t know anything about cars either. Don’t assume someone’s knowledge simply based on their gender.
Didn’t You Know Women Can’t Handle Taxes? Silly Girl
A general rule of thumb is that you can probably assume whoever the person contacting you is, they’re probably the client you want to address. Why would she make an appointment if she wanted them to only deal with her husband?