CORPORATE BODY SHAMING – BUBBLE GUM/SKIRT STORY
Bubble Gum pulled Skirt to one corner in the office.
“You mean the receptionist called you ‘Stretchy’?”
“Yes. And I know what that means! Cufflinks must have said something after our little encounter at the bathroom on Saturday.”
Bubble Gum marched into the office, and came back dragging Cufflinks by the hand to Skirt.
“What’s going on? Hi Skirt. Sorry about Saturday.” Cufflinks looked from Bubble Gum to Skirt and back to Bubble Gum.
“Cuff, why’s everyone calling Skirt ‘Stretchy’?”
Skirt motioned for Bubble Gum to calm down and turned to confused-looking Cufflinks… “Wig called me “Stretchy” this morning. Why have you gone about to tell people what you saw on Saturday?!” Skirt looked like she was going to cry.
“Yes. Why?! Cos when I was in the cafeteria earlier, I heard Wig telling her friends “if she has stretch marks on her arms, I wonder what her thighs look like.” I didn’t connect until Skirt told me she called her ‘Stretchy’!” Bubble Gum was almost screaming.
“Oh my God. I’m so sorry! I only talked about it with Pen, and only ’cause I was telling him I admire… never mind… I didn’t know he would tell Wig. I know they talk, but I didn’t know he would… I’m really sorry. I’ll fix this. Please.”
“You better talk to him! Before he goes from Pen bleeding words, to Pen bleeding blood.” Bubble Gum snapped.
Cufflinks left. “Well,” started Bubble Gum “you gotta cheer up. Good thing is, he feels bad about it… and the great thing is, you might have just found a boyfriend. He likes your lightning bolts… Stretchy.”
Skirt threw her handkerchief at Bubble Gum, “you’re such a thug! And don’t call me that!”
CORPORATE BODY SHAMING – RED TIE/BLUE TIE STORY
“What’s going on?” Blue Tie asked as he walked into the office, toothpick in mouth.
“Girl drama,” said Red Tie. “It’s Sleeves and one other chick.”
“Sleeves? Oh damn. I don’t ever want to get in that girl’s path again.” Blue said, almost visibly shuddering.
“Why? What happened with you two?” Red Tie asked, raising one eyebrow.
“I walked in on her in the bathroom on Saturday, I didn’t know she was in there. She was applying some cream to her really flabby armpit region. It was so… ugh, disgusting!”
Red Tie hit Blue Tie on the back of the head, “Don’t call her that. It’s why she’s having a fight with Tiny. That one said she hardly gets anything done right because she’s so fat. I don’t know what being smart and being fat have to do with each other… and I kinda feel bad for her.”
Blue Tie was still scowling from being hit on the back of the head, “why do you feel bad for her?! I feel bad for me!”
“Imagine all the negative remarks she might get everywhere she goes, and she still can’t escape them at the office? People should cut her some slack, especially ‘cause she’s even trying to get in shape.” Red Tie said.
Blue Tie looked over to where the two girls had been exchanging words, “you’re right. Must be a real struggle. I’ll have words with Tiny later. But Red, this one you’re fighting for her, are you into…”
“Shut up!” Red Tie snapped.
Hey! Hope you enjoyed reading those! Make someone’s life less miserable today at work today, don’t discriminate based on size! Body shaming could create a hostile work environment.
#OS by yours truly, aims at bringing to life the different kinds of personalities, characters and all shades of incidents that occur in offices – some office-worthy, some not! BUBBLE GUM, RED TIE, SKIRT and BLUE TIE will be showing you all kinds of emotions that flow during interactions with colleagues, which we are pretty sure many of you will resonate with!
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Read #OS1 – MAKE AN APPOINTMENT here
Read #OS2 – BE MINDFUL here
Read #OS3 – MPs, MOODS & MONDAY MORNINGS here
Read #OS4 – BUSINESS WITH PLEASURE here
Read #OS5 – THE 10, 20, 30 RULE here
Read #OS6 – PUNCTUALITY here
Read #OS7 – GOAL-SETTING & THE ART OF NEGOTIATION here
Read #OS8 – THE MEAN CEO here
Read #OS9 – CAUGHT IN THE SACK here
Read #OS10 – THE OFFICE BATHROOM ENCOUNTER here