Quotes of the day

posted at 10:00 pm on August 29, 2007 by Allahpundit

“Let’s get one thing straight. You are behind the counter because you have to work for minimum wage. I’m on this side asking to see the good jewelry because I make considerably more.”

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Now that is just cold-hearted. I hope it is not true.

terryannonline on August 29, 2007 at 10:10 PM

Baba booey. Heh.

That is just too funny. He handled it well though.

nailinmyeye on August 29, 2007 at 10:13 PM

Interesting juxtaposition: Story of men being men re Condi Rice, video featuring witness to a shark attack.

RushBaby on August 29, 2007 at 10:13 PM

I’m not offended by that at all, if this quote from the story is true:

“Rice asked to see something nicer, prompting the clerk to whisper some sass under her breath.”

JiangxiDad on August 29, 2007 at 10:13 PM

I remember reading that story when it originally ran in early 2005. Why is it making the rounds again, being reported as news?

Ed Driscoll on August 29, 2007 at 10:15 PM

JiangxiDad on August 29, 2007 at 10:13 PM

Right. Some smarmy smartass with a bit of attitude. Smackdown to get respect from Mama Condi.

BacaDog on August 29, 2007 at 10:18 PM

Nice. Didn’t Rove say something about not wanting his kid to work in the fields once when talking about immigration. I seem to remember a Hotair post on it, but my Hotair search-fu sucks.

Bad Candy on August 29, 2007 at 10:18 PM

A manager quickly brought Rice better baubles.

There is a joke in there…somewhere

Weight of Glory on August 29, 2007 at 10:19 PM

“Let’s get one thing straight. You are behind the counter because you don’t have what I got going for me. I’m on this side asking to see the good jewelry because I’m a minority woman with the right connections in an age of politically correct appointees.”

jihadwatcher on August 29, 2007 at 10:20 PM

Well, looks like Condi will be the new MSM punching bag in town, since they won’t have Carl Rove to kick around any more.

Wuptdo on August 29, 2007 at 10:22 PM

I’m on this side asking to see the good jewelry because I’m a minority woman with the right connections in an age of politically correct appointees.”

jihadwatcher on August 29, 2007 at 10:20 PM

I’m beginning to think you work for AP. He hired you to get people all fir’d up, making for great traffic, causing a raise, resulting in the purchasing of one shiny new iphone.

Weight of Glory on August 29, 2007 at 10:24 PM

The vid raises the question for me as to how Fox verifies the sources that they put on the air. I mean, did this dude just call up and say “I’m the lifeguard that was there…” and they put him on, and then he punked them?

nailinmyeye on August 29, 2007 at 10:24 PM

Boy, it’s like being Rickrolled on your own show.

askheaves on August 29, 2007 at 10:26 PM

Very Off topic.

At LGF “registration is now open for a little while.”

F15Mech on August 29, 2007 at 10:28 PM

Sorry AP, here is the real quote of the day on the Condi story.

Blacker postulated that if he aimed a quarter at her butt, it would bounce right off like a rocket.

Baba-booey indeed!

conservnut on August 29, 2007 at 10:30 PM

Good for Condi!

The sales clerk is paid to show jewelry, not to snivel and sniker. She was rude, and the rudeness needed a rebuke.

petefrt on August 29, 2007 at 10:34 PM

ohforgawdzsake. I recognized Capt Janks (that jackarse) right way. And I haven’t heard him for almost a year.

Go Stern!

Mazztek on August 29, 2007 at 10:35 PM

Good for Condi!

The sales clerk is paid to show jewelry, not to snivel and snicker. The clerk was rude, and the rudeness needed a rebuke.

petefrt on August 29, 2007 at 10:35 PM

I have no issue with that at all. The clerk wasn’t being nice, with Condi going nuclear on her. The clerk had something smartass to say, under her breath, and Condi simply reminded her that she (Condi) is the customer and the girl is a salesperson.

She didn’t even invoke the fact that she’s the Secretary of State.

amerpundit on August 29, 2007 at 10:40 PM

I think it depends on what the clerk whispered. If it was something to the effect that black women can’t afford the real thing, then Condi reacted appropriately.

Rightwingsparkle on August 29, 2007 at 10:40 PM

Well, now that Gonzalez is gone, we know which Bush administration target is next.
And Republicans will go right along with them.

billy on August 29, 2007 at 10:46 PM

BFD.

profitsbeard on August 29, 2007 at 10:48 PM

Vary mature on the part of the libs there.

Win Win Win on August 29, 2007 at 10:50 PM

Good for Condi!

The sales clerk is paid to show jewelry, not to snivel and snicker. The clerk was rude, and the rudeness needed a rebuke.

petefrt on August 29, 2007 at 10:35 PM

Exactly, once the employee, behind the counter, snarked at her, she had every reason to get mad.

I have been on both sides of the cash register, rule number one, is that a customer is a customer and you treat them as such (even if they are wrong).

F15Mech on August 29, 2007 at 10:54 PM

Big deal. You should hear what I said to the Passports Canada Ombudsman or what I called the “customer service” reps at the Bank of America last week.

The two things were: (I’ll let you decide who I called what)
1. Inbred French Moron
2. Insufferable, useless j#@%#$s
I’m a tiny bit temperamental.
Condi said something to this salesgirl that I say to people all the time so perhaps they should freak out at me. Oh, wait I’m not famous and I’m not a member of the Bush Administration.

mjk on August 29, 2007 at 10:56 PM

Unlike some other women in government, and I mean High Government, it takes one talented surfer to swim with the sharks.

She has always exhibited grace and poise in my view.

Kini on August 29, 2007 at 10:57 PM

Good Lord.

Does anyone remember how Oprah pitched a fit because a designer store wouldn’t stay open after hours for her? I honestly can’t remember if this happened in Paris or NY, but it was a seriously upscale fashion store of some sort.

The MSM spin on the incident implied that her treatment was a symbol of how black women still can’t get any respect, even if they happen to be the richest woman in show business. I thought it was a symbol of how demanding the rich and famous can become.

Now, I’m sure Condi is not proud of her little hissy fit with the rude sales gal. But give me a break — telling off a rude clerk is a lot more understandable than demanding that folks work overtime to satisfy your more-famous-than-thou shopping whims.

Just don’t expect the MSM to give you even a fraction of the love they show for the Oprah, if you happen to be a black Republican. Or a Republican of any kind whatsoever.

Anton on August 29, 2007 at 11:18 PM

Wuptdo on August 29, 2007 at 10:22 PM

‘fraid you’re correct on this one.

Kini on August 29, 2007 at 10:57 PM

So you *got* the analogy? I am still mystified. Must be too late for this reader to be up on a Wednesday night.

RushBaby on August 29, 2007 at 11:21 PM

Condi,as far as i know,doesn’t have any skeltons in
the closet.
She is tough and affective, and as everyone has been saying
she will be the next target.
Democrats no matter what will go after every Repbulican,
just like Newt with the Contract Of America,he said he was
a lightening rod for the party and resigned.
So everytime i hear about a good and honourable Republican
who is affective for the Republican Party,the DNC have her or his name already on the list.

canopfor on August 29, 2007 at 11:21 PM

Everyone is missing the point. It is one thing to return rudeness with rudeness, or a quip with a quip. But Rice, in her Leona Helmsley-esque “only-the-little-people-pay-taxes snark, boasted about her ivy league income to a girl who’s probably never seen the inside of a community college. If a clerk is rude to me, I may protest, but I don’t belittle their income. That was just nouveau riche snobbery befitting a no-class rapper in a jewellery store.

jihadwatcher on August 29, 2007 at 11:26 PM

If it was something to the effect that black women can’t afford the real thing, then Condi reacted appropriately.

Rightwingsparkle on August 29, 2007 at 10:40 PM

That’s probably what happened and that’s how I took the story since I’ve experienced similar treatment, usually (but not always) from other black people.

baldilocks on August 29, 2007 at 11:31 PM

That was just nouveau riche snobbery befitting a no-class rapper in a jewellery store.

jihadwatcher on August 29, 2007 at 11:26 PM

Maybe. But, from experience, maybe not. And you’ll note that neither Dr. Rice nor I are the type of persons to yell RACISM at the drop of a hat.

baldilocks on August 29, 2007 at 11:33 PM

You’re missing the point, yourself. If you work in a service industry, and you are rude to the customer, you deserve what you get in response. Obviously, you’ve never worked in retail.

otcconan on August 29, 2007 at 11:34 PM

RushBaby on August 29, 2007 at 11:21 PM

Yup, and I agree with Wuptdo. It’s a feeding frenzy.

Kini on August 29, 2007 at 11:35 PM

If a clerk is rude to me, I may protest, but I don’t belittle their income.

jihadwatcher on August 29, 2007 at 11:26 PM

True. Just the other day I went to find a store manager to protest treatment by a couple of employees. It never occurred to me to play income oneupmanship–I was just mad that I had not been properly treated as the customer.

INC on August 29, 2007 at 11:36 PM

If you work in a service industry, and you are rude to the customer, you deserve what you get in response.

Again, that is not the point. The point is only an insecure dilettante goes for the jugular as soon as she detects a lack of “proper respect”. She wasn’t protesting a rude remark, that she could have done with a myriad of other more appropriate responses. No. She was protesting her social status not being given wide enough berth. She made that quite clear. That is where she showed herself as having no class.

jihadwatcher on August 29, 2007 at 11:41 PM

I think it depends on what the clerk whispered. If it was something to the effect that black women can’t afford the real thing, then Condi reacted appropriately.

Rightwingsparkle on August 29, 2007 at 10:40 PM

What difference does it make what the clerk whispered? Doesn’t make any difference if it’s a street person or Prince Charles. Show the customer what they want, and keep your opinions to yourself.

Hope the manager fired the prick. They don’t belong in retail if they don’t understand the customer pays the bills.

BacaDog on August 29, 2007 at 11:44 PM

Yup,and I agree with Wuptdo.It,s a feeding frenzy.

Kini on August 29,2007 at 11:35PM.

Kini you nailed it,it is a feeding frenzy,problem
is its election season,and the media is feeding on
Republicans.

canopfor on August 29, 2007 at 11:46 PM

I could be wrong here, but I envision this being one of those snooty upscale stores with major league bit$hs behind the counter. And I can just imagine the remark, which apparently Condi heard loud and clear.

Justified and appropriate ripping I say.

conservnut on August 29, 2007 at 11:50 PM

Oh by the way,if this was a democrat would the media
be dining on liberals!Ya ya I know this story would be
buried on page twenty.

canopfor on August 29, 2007 at 11:50 PM

Feeding frenzy, yessssss. now I see. Thanks, K & C.

F15Mech – congrats on your new scaly green creds!!!

RushBaby on August 30, 2007 at 12:13 AM

canopfor on August 29, 2007 at 11:50 PM

I think some of our fellow posters are ignoring the obvious and focusing on the minutia of Condi’s Adventures in Boots.

You are right about the Dems also,
Hillary’s China Syndrome is barely getting the bat of an eyelash.
Jefferson still has frozen cold cash issues, and Happy Feet Craig is being fed upon by his own kind.

Kini on August 30, 2007 at 12:16 AM

Surely I’m not the only one to notice the irony of our *Number One Diplomat* reacting in this way.

hillbillyjim on August 30, 2007 at 5:45 AM

Me to Grocery Cashier: Will you please help bag the groceries?
Cashier: I am
Me: No you’re not, you are just standing there talking to the cashier next to you.
Cashier: No I’m not.
Me: Let me clarify something for you. When I come into this store I end up paying. When you come into the store you get paid. That makes me the customer and you the employee. Now stop talking to your friend and do your job.

Babs on August 30, 2007 at 6:22 AM

OK, I caught that bizarre bababooey thing live yesterday on FNC. What was that all about?

flipflop on August 30, 2007 at 6:23 AM

Surely I’m not the only one to notice the irony of our *Number One Diplomat* reacting in this way.

hillbillyjim on August 30, 2007 at 5:45 AM

Well, when you have to deal with the bunch of spoiled children that comprise the Euroweenies and the Turd World, sometimes mama has to set them straight.

BKennedy on August 30, 2007 at 7:02 AM

Surely I’m not the only one to notice the irony of our *Number One Diplomat* reacting in this way.

hillbillyjim on August 30, 2007 at 5:45 AM
Well, when you have to deal with the bunch of spoiled children that comprise the Euroweenies and the Turd World, sometimes mama has to set them straight.

BKennedy on August 30, 2007 at 7:02 AM

But still! You have to admit that’s some hellatious diplomacy.

hillbillyjim on August 30, 2007 at 7:34 AM

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

(h/t RW)

hillbillyjim on August 30, 2007 at 7:36 AM

This story made the circuit back in 2005, after an Hermes store in Paris wouldn’t allow Oprah in to shop, as I recall.

It happened a long time ago, back when she was at Stanford, and no one would recognize her as a diplomat or anything else. Racists? In San Francisco? Say it ain’t so!

Tanya on August 30, 2007 at 8:10 AM

Good for her for speaking up. This was years ago, not while during her service under GWB, this was years ago and that point seems to be lost on some readers.

Many clerks seem to forget that it is their job to do as the customer asks. Many clerks seem to forget that it is the customer that affords them a job.

I worked in retail, yes many years ago, but my bosses expected the staff to start the sale by showing highend and working down to low end…something about sales/profits/meeting payroll.

Pam on August 30, 2007 at 8:32 AM

You go, girl!

madmonkphotog on August 30, 2007 at 9:04 AM

jihadwatcher on August 29, 2007 at 11:41 PM

Yeah, bringing up income levels is sort of snobbish. I prefer the “My family tree has branches” approach.

Kowboy on August 30, 2007 at 9:13 AM

If you sass someone you better expect they will get in your face.

However, Condi could have dropped the ghetto version of *Do you know who I am?* and focused on her job being to fetch jewelry and not be a smart-ass Comedy Central wanna-be.

Alden Pyle on August 30, 2007 at 9:49 AM

I have read this quote in 2 of her biographies from ’04 and ’07. The lady at the counter was snivelling under her breath. Condi snapping was OK, IMHO. It could have been due to anti-American sentiment or racism.

I think this is “news” due to the book coming out, but why was this incident chosen to publicize the book?

I prefer the story about her escorting Yeltsin out of his limo by the elbow to see an advisor to Bush 41. He argued with her about wanting to meet Bush 41, but his appointment was with one of his advisors. He said he was not getting out of his limo until he saw Bush 41.

She responded, in Russian, “Well then you might as well go back to the hotel because you are not seeing the President today.” He sat in the car and she stood outside the door in silence for 5 minutes until he reluctantly agreed to see the advisor instead.

That is what I call “diplomacy.”

Lothar on August 30, 2007 at 9:52 AM

I can imagine a couple of scenarios from this story (which seems anecdotal without any evidence of truth).

Secretary Rice gets the sense that she is being shown the cheap jewelry because she is black and/or a woman. She, rightly, puts the sales clerk in his or her place but in doing so becomes the “uppity” black and/or woman for doing so. A male high government official could make the same comments without a whispering campaign afterward.

A second equally plausible scenario comes from Secretary Rice’s background. She grew up from humble origins in the segregated South. She went on to become a PhD, Stanford’s youngest Chancellor, and one of the most influential minorities in American history to date. She has worked hard to get where she is. Perhaps a snotty sales clerk just rubbed her the wrong way when he/she decided that Secretary Rice was nothing more than a costume jewelry kind of customer.

highhopes on August 30, 2007 at 10:05 AM

While Condi Rice is my hero, and I’m sure the clerk made some snippy comment and deserved what she got, I have what I consider maybe a better way to think about the income-disparity question.

For the last few years, every time a clerk in a store is rude or dismissive or ignoring me (and it doesn’t happen much; most people are nice), I just think to myself, “This person makes probably a quarter of the salary/wage I do; I might be miserable too in a job like that and I think I’ll let it pass and be nice to him instead.”

inviolet on August 30, 2007 at 10:10 AM

The clerk is male in one version of the story; female in the other.

blogRot on August 30, 2007 at 2:46 PM

Slow news day?

MNDavenotPC on August 30, 2007 at 8:27 PM