'Insulting' inquest too much

THERE are many reasons why some businesses miss out on customers, but having a misogynistic attitude is rarely one of the them.

But that’s exactly why a Coffs Harbour woman has decided to shop elsewhere.

“I’m normally a very pleasant and happy person,” local resident Barbara told the Coffs Coast Advocate.

“But the reception I got when I called a business recently to inquire about having a back deck enclosed made me see red.”

Barbara, who described herself as being a conservative long-time local in her 60s, said the grilling she got made her wonder whether International Women’s Day had helped advance the situation of everyday women at all.

“I made an appointment for a salesman to come to my house and then was asked a number of questions which got my back up,” Barbara said.

“I was asked whether I had a husband. When I told the receptionist that my status had nothing to do with my inquiry, she then asked me whether I therefore had a partner of either sex.

“When I again told her that was not relevant she asked me whether I had children. I was so dumbfounded I cancelled my appointment and asked for the manager to call me,” Barbara said. “A salesman rang and explained the asking of the questions was now part of company policy.”



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