When I made the list of things my family suggested I write about, one of the most popular ones was how Jay got his ass slapped at work.
Today, I'll expound on that topic.
Earlier in the week Jay was at work moving shoes from one part of the store to the other when an old guy walked up behind him, slapped him on the ass, and said, "Nice business you have here." Jay said that he was shocked into momentary silence (which NEVER happens to him) and that he wasn't sure if the "business" the man was referring to was the actual store, or his ass. (Jay does have a very nice, round ass. I could see how the man would want to compliment it.)
Jay eventually regained his composure, said, "Thanks" and walked away.
But here's the thing, and this is where it gets serious: There is a small segment of the population, mainly older folk, who think that this behavior is totally okay. It's not okay, EVER, to slap someones ass. Not your kids or grandkids, not your co-workers, and definitely not a stranger. It doesn't matter if you meant it in an endearing, loving, or friendly way. It's still wrong. In fact, it's sexual harassment.
Since Jay was at work and wanted to remain professional (and wasn't truly threatened) he got over it pretty quickly and blew the whole thing off. But I can't stop thinking about the different ways in which this scenario could have played out. Had it been me getting my ass slapped, would I have acted differently? As a female, I think I would have definitely felt more threatened. I may have screamed and called mall security to have the man escorted out of the store. Maybe that would be overreacting. Or would it? Does the fact that Jay is a fairly large guy who didn't feel threatened by this old man make a difference? Does it mean that he has to put up with his ass being touched in the work place?
How would you have reacted?