Lurker... who occasionally speaks
Awesome site donor
Sometime you are so taken aback you can't /don't think to complain. The other week I was walking to the office I heard some workmen say "hello ladies" As I was walking alone I just assumed he was talking to someone else. Then I looked around and realised I was the only one around, and that in all likelihood he was in fact referring to my breasts. By the time I clicked to that I was too thrown to come up with a witty response, so I just chose to ignore. Maybe that was the wrong thing to do, maybe I should've confronted him, but I doubt that would have changed the mentality of someone who would say something like to a complete stranger walking past them.This is a safe place.... I mean it’s the internet, of course it’s safe!
What a horrific thing to happen to you. But given that you had already had dealings with a workplace you yourself judged as misogynistic, I’m surprised you chose to deal with them again. Personally I wouldn’t go back to a garage who had a misogynistic vibe, but in saying that I would never describe men who had that vibe towards me as nice or helpful.
It is normal to be placed on hold, and while it’s annoying, sometimes we have to wait. I think, I’ll rephrase, I hope this defeated “if I had a husband they wouldn’t do this...” mentality you have shared is dated. Women have voices, we have choices and if you feel you received poor service based on your sex, speak to the manager.
So my opinion, complain in writing.
I do hope your week gets better.